Blog: Tuberculosis

The stories behind the statistics

24 March 2017

We are often told about how difficult and arduous treatments for TB are. Nobody knows this better than those affected by TB or those working on the frontline providing treatment. At the end of last year I met with three TB advocates at the Union World Conference on Lung Health in Liverpool – the annual meeting point for the TB community - to find out more about their experiences. Here’s what they had to say.

It’s Tough Taking Tuberculosis Medication

Meet Timpiyian Leseni, a...

The rise of the resistant bug

6 February 2017

The discovery of penicillin changed the world. Alexander Fleming revolutionised the way we see microbial infections by discovering the first antibiotic, a feat that ultimately awarded him joint Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Florey & Chain in 1945. The World Health Organisation estimates antimicrobials, on average, add on 20 years to everyone’s life. Not only do they offer quick relief from that troublesome tooth infection or earache but they also underpin modern medicine as...

It's not every day you get a promising new lead in the arms race against TB

31 January 2017

One of my most embarrassing talking points on tuberculosis is that there have been no new first-line treatments for TB since before we put a man on the moon. This is a ridiculous amount of time to not have new, widely used treatments for a disease that kills 1.8 million people each year.

We just took an important step closer to making that statement untrue.

Tuberculosis drug development is slow, expensive, and there isn't a good market for TB drugs because most of the people...

From donor funding to domestic leaders: why country ownership matters

10 January 2017

In all societies there are many ways to foster change. Take a look at the United Kingdom and you’ll see various activities which a wide range of groups use to bring about new, improved or different ways of doing things. Our grassroots campaigners are excellent examples of this. They spend their time writing to their MPs, meeting with government officials, attending local meetings and trying to get articles placed in newspapers in order to bring public or political attention to a certain...

November conference call recording now available

7 November 2016

I’m pleased to share that a recording of the November grassroots conference call is now available to download here .

With new figures released by the World Health Organisation last month showing that TB - the world’s leading infectious killer - just got deadlier, this month’s call focused on the scale of the growing TB...

How can we work with parliamentarians to tackle drug-resistant TB?

4 November 2016

After attending the 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Liverpool last week, Baroness Suttie from the UK reflects on her work with the Global TB Caucus - and how civil society and parliamentarians can work together

Last week I travelled to the 47 th Union World Conference on Lung Health in the city of Liverpool in the north of England. I was there as a member of the British House of Lords to meet others to discuss how parliamentarians can work...

September conference call recording now available

9 September 2016

I’m pleased to share that a recording of the September grassroots conference call is now available to download here .

With just over a week until The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria’s Fifth Replenishment conference in Montreal, RESULTS campaign groups across the UK will be writing joint letters to the new Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel this month, calling on her to match...

July conference call recording now available

27 July 2016

I’m pleased to share that a recording of the July grassroots conference call is now available to download here .

This month’s call focused on how we can help end TB for good and the action we are asking you to take ahead of The Global Fund’s fifth replenishment conference, which is writing to your MP to...

Video diary: final thoughts from Phnom Penh

22 July 2016

After two days of site visits in Phenom Penh, our trip in Cambodia has now come to an end. In this final video diary, Jess and Sue report from Steung Meanchey, a slum community on the outskirts of the capital where crowded conditions and poor nutrition create the perfect breeding ground for TB. Watch the latest video diary below to find out what they have been up to in the capital and what messages they'll be taking back to decision makers when they return to the UK.


"With such a small piece of cloth, how do you choose what to cover?"

22 July 2016

In her second blog from Cambodia, Dr Jess Potter reports from the MDR-TB ward at CENAT hospital in Phnom Penh and highlights the impossible choices that have to be made with limited funding.

Today we are back in Phnom Penh at the National Centre for Tuberculosis (CENAT) to see their multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) ward. The moment we arrive we are confronted by a van with a patient lying in the back, an oxygen tank tucked in the corner and her young daughter...



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