- Thursday, 02 May 2013
The Lancet, the world’s leading medical journal on infectious diseases, has published an editorial on the All-Party Parliamentary groups report ‘Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: Old Disease – New Threat’.
The Article, entitled ‘the ongoing problem of tuberculosis in the UK’, highlights the key recommendations of the report – including the call for a national strategy to combat TB in the UK - and concludes by stating “Successfully leading the strategy to eliminate tuberculosis in the UK should be an agreed metric to measure the performance of Public Health England.”
- Wednesday, 01 May 2013
Dr Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaira and Rt Hon Nick Herbert MP, Co-founder of the APPG on Global TB.
On Monday 29th April the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases held a meeting, in the UK Parliament, to discuss the importance of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in the fight against the three diseases. Despite prorogation (marks the end of a parliamentary session and Parliament goes into recess until the state opening on the 8th May) there were over ten parliamentarians in attendance, and a packed audience, that heard from high level speakers, including:
Simon Bland, outgoing Chair of the Board (June 2013) of the Global Fund, reflected on his chairmanship of the Global Fund highlighting the remarkable change the Fund has went through in the last year in response to the challenges faced in 2011, results achieved in the Fund’s 10 year history and the implementation of a new strategy.
Dr Mark Dybul,Executive Directorof the Global Fund, spoke about the potential that the Fund has to transform the trajectory of the three diseases over the next decade – completely controlling them as public threats if it has enough resources as its disposal - and the importance of UK and other country’s support during this replenishment year to continue the Fund’s vital work – further information on the replenishment, needs assessment, results and impact of the Fund can be found here.
Maureen Murenga, Here I am Ambassador for the Global Fund, gave a very personal account of her life experience, living with HIV, having lost friends and loved ones to TB and HIV/AIDs. She spoke about how there was little hope for people living with HIV in Kenya, because of the treatment costs, but then the Global Fund helped people to access lifesaving treatment.
Lynne Featherstone MP, Parliamentary-Under Secretary of State for International Development, talked about the strong support that DFID has given to the Global Fund, bringing forward payments to meet its funding pledge a year early, and its importance in the fight against the diseases.