Please visit the News section for the most up-to-date news related to TB, our Members' activities (including parliamentary debates, questions and events) and our meetings.
On 12 February 2020, the APPG will host its Annual General Meeting. More information can be found here.
On 5 March 2019, the APPG joined colleagues from the APPGs on HIV/AIDS and Malaria and NTDs to discuss the sixth replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria with its new Executive Director Peter Sands.
On 16 November 2019, APPG Co-Chair Nick Herbert MP spoke at an event about TB research hosted at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
On 30 October 2018, the APPG met with Hon Dr Christopher Kalila MP, a visiting parliamentarian from Zambia.
On 26 September 2017, Co-Chair of the APPG on Global TB and Global TB Caucus, Nick Herbert MP, addressed the first UN High-Level Meeting on TB in New York. Further details can be found here.
On 11 September 2018, the APPG held its Annual General Meeting. Minutes from the meeting can be found here.
On 7 June 2018, APPG members debated the forthcoming UN High Level Meeting on TB during the first debate on TB in the House of Commons Chamber in 65 years. To find out more and to watch the debate in full, click here.
On 4 June 2018, APPG co-chair Nick Herbert MP spoke at the United Nations, during a civil society hearing convened ahead of the forthcoming UN high-level meeting on TB. Mr Herbert also spoke during a side-meeting convened to highlight the importance of TB R&D funding and coordination. Further details can be found here.
The APPG on Global TB was joined by over 100 MPs and Peers in sending a letter to the PM, encouraging her to make ending TB a priority during this global year of action and requesting she attend the forthcoming UN High Level Meeting on TB. The letter and full list of signatories can be found here.
The APPG on Global TB marked World TB Day 2017 with an evening reception in the Houses of Parliament. Speakers included the Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP (Secretary of State for International Development), Minister Takashi Okada (Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary of the Japanese Embassy), and Dr Viorel Soltan (Stop TB Partnership). The APPG also received a welcome message from Dr Tereza Kasaeva, Director of the WHO Global TB Programme. Further details of the event can be found here.
On the 8th of March 2018, APPG Vice-Chairs Baroness Masham, Baroness Sheehan and Baroness Suttie participated in a House of Lords debate on antimicrobial resistance, emphasising the need for investment in research to develop new vaccines, diagnostics and drugs. A full transcript of the debate can be found here.
On 6 February 2018, the APPG hosted a group of Oxford University students alongside the APPGs on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, HIV/AIDS and Global Health. APPG Vice-Chair Baroness Sheehan co-chaired the event and panel discussion.
On 18 September 2017, the APPG re-launched it's enquiry into the Public Health England and NHS England Collaborative TB Strategy. Further details can be found here.
On the 11th of September 2017, the APPG on Global TB held an inaugural meeting for the new legislative period, following a General Election in June.
On Thursday, 20 April, APPG TB co-chair Virendra Sharma MP led a debate in the House of Commons chamber on research and development to tackle infectious diseases. The debate was supported by the APPGs on Global TB, HIV and AIDS, and Malaria and NTDs. A full transcript can be found here.
Over 30 Members of Parliament from a variety of political parties signed Early Day Motion 1070, tabled by APPG co-chair Virendra Sharma MP, to mark World TB Day. The motion recognised that will progress had been made at both home and abroad, the Government needed to work with partners to secure the development of new tools (including vaccines, diagnostics and drugs) that are needed to end the TB epidemic.
On Tuesday 28 March, the APPG convened a panel discussion on the theme 'UK leadership on TB and AMR' to mark World TB Day, with speakers including DFID Minister James Wharton and AMR Review Chair Lord O'Neill.
On the 7th of March 2017, several members of the APPG on Global TB participated in a Westminster Hall debate on the O'Neill Review on Antimicrobial Resistance. Members had previously called for an opportunity to debate the important issue. A transcript of the debate can be found here.
In February 2017, the co-chairs of the APPG on Global TB led a delegation of eight MPs and Peers to India to press for global leadership against TB. APPG co-chair Virendra Sharma MP, who also leads to Indo-British APPG, met with both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to discuss the disease and promote cooperation between India and the UK to end TB. APPG Co-Chair Nick Herbert MP went on to Australia, where he met with Australian Foreign Minister The Rt Hon Julie Bishop MP and the Hon Warren Entsch MP, who acts as Chairman of the Asia Pacific TB Caucus.
The delegation was organised by the Indian High Commission in London and in partnership with RESULTS UK, RESULTS Australia and the Global TB Caucus.
On 10 October 2016 the APPG held its Annual General Meeting.
On 12 July 2016 the APPG co-hosted a special event to mark the progress made through investments in the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, with DFID Minister Nick Hurd MP and celebrity campaigner Annie Lennox.
On 10 May 2016 the APPG co-hosted a private roundtable with the current and founding Executive Directors of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
In 2016, the APPG on Global TB marked World TB Day with two events.
Firstly, a morning panel discussion focussed on tackling TB in the UK, with speakers including Jane Ellison MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, Dr Sarah Anderson, Head of the National TB Office at Public Health England, Dr Al Story, Clinical Lead at Find & Treat, and Mike Mandelbaum, Chief Executive of TB Alert.
An afternoon event meanwhile focused on the UK's global leadership on TB. Speeches, a panel discussion and short Q&A included Desmond Swayne MP, Minister of State for International Development, Christoph Benn, Director of External Relations with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Rosemary Mburu, World AIDS Campaign, and Aaron Oxley, Executive Director of RESULTS UK.
The APPG on Global TB met with Professor Paul Cosford, Medical Director of Public Health England, on 2nd March 2016 in Room R of Portcullis House at 10.30am to discuss the latest data on TB rates in England. Our Vice Chair Baroness Suttie chaired the briefing session.
The APPG on Global TB jointly hosted the Youth Stop AIDS Speakers Tour parliamentary event with the APPG on HIV/AIDS in Committee Room 5 on Tuesday 1st March 2016. Speakers spoke from personal experience about the need for improvements in access to HIV and TB drugs, both at home and overseas. The event was co-chaired by our Vice Chair Baroness Masham.
On 12nd January 2016, Nick Herbert MP, Chair of the APPG on Global TB, led a Backbench Business Debate on the Global Fund in the House of Commons. The debate – which was secured by the APPGs on Global TB, HIV/AIDS and Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases – was well-attended with interest across the main political parties.
Speakers expressed support for Global Fund: commending it for the emphasis it puts on country ownership and partnerships, its transparency and accountability mechanisms, the results it has achieved so far and the UK Government’s commitment to it. Many speakers also spoke about their personal experience of visiting Global Fund-funded projects on parliamentary delegations and they called on the Government to make a substantial contribution to the Fund at this replenishment. In particular, Mr Herbert noted the importance of the Fund in tackling TB for humanitarian, economic and security reasons.
Replying for the Government, the Minister Nick Hurd MP noted that the Fund is ‘a key element in the delivery’ of the UK Government’s development strategy. He said that the ‘Global Fund is a success. It works…It scores very highly in most independent assessments of transparency, accountability and… value for money’; and that it has been ‘an extremely effective catalyst for unlocking domestic resources and really important partnerships that are really the only way forward in bearing down on these diseases’. Mr Hurd noted the concerns raised by MPs about the UK’s cap on its contribution and the need to manage transition responsibly. He said that the UK had a role to ‘play in encouraging others to step up’, and concluded by saying that a successful replenishment is 'personally important' to him 'and extremely important to the Government'.
The full transcript is available here:
On 1st December 2015, the Stop TB Partnership's Global Plan to End TB was launched in Cape Town at a panel event featuring our Co-Chair, and and Co-Chair of the Global TB Caucus, Nick Herbert MP. The Plan calls for a paradigm shift over 2016-20 if the Global Goals' target to end TB by 2030 is to be reached.
As Co-Chair of the Global TB Caucus, Nick Herbert MP, led the 2nd Global TB Summit in Cape Town from 28th to 30th November alongside his Co-Chair, South Africa's Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi. The Summit brought together parliamentarians from almost 50 countries to look at how they can build on the Barcelona Declaration and work together to end TB. Our Co-Chair, Virendra Sharma MP, also participated in the Summit, which included workshops, plenaries and site visits including the Global Fund, the Stop TB Partnership and others.
Jointly with the APPGs on HIV/AIDS and Malaria and NTDs, the APPG on Global TB held a private meeting with Svend Robinson, Senior Specialist in Parliamentary Affairs at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria on Tuesday 3rd November 2015 in Room C, 1 Parliament Street at 10am.
The APPG on Global TB held its Annual General Meetingo on Wednesday 1st July in Room T of Portcullis House at 4pm. The Annual General Meeting is a requirement under the APPG regulations.
Minutes of the meeting can be found here.