This Saturday, Prime Minister Theresa May announced the UK’s continuing support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, making an investment that will help save 2 million lives over the next three years.
By making the announcement on the side-lines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, the Prime Minister has increased pressure on counterparts around the world to step up their own investments in line with the Global Fund replenishment case, increasing the likelihood of a successful sixth replenishment and the overall impact of the UK’s investment.
Today, the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, and Global Tuberculosis joined forces to raise awareness of the forthcoming replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Opening the reception, Stephen Dougthy MP, Jeremy Lefroy MP and Nick Herbert MP praised the UK’s continued leadership on global health. Emphasising the Global Fund’s remarkable impact since being founded in 2002, the Chairs highlighted the urgent need to step up investments to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals as well as commitme...
In his opening remarks, Nick Herbert MP emphasised the importance of accountability, saying that "the UK has a vital role to play in ensuring that there is more effective, sharper and independent accountability. Without that accountability, I fear that we will not met those targets, and if we do not, we do not have a chance of beating the disease within the set timeframe".
During the subsequent debate, APPG Vice-Chairs Nic Dakin MP and Jim F...
The fight against Tuberculosis (TB) in England must be stepped up if the disease is to be beaten, MPs have warned.
In a report published ahead of World TB Day on 24 March, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB says that, while rates of the disease have declined gradually in recent years, a third of patients are not treated for more than four months after falling ill, with serious implications for patients, rates of drug-resistance and public health.
England has one of the highest rates of TB in Europe, with over 5,500 cases in 2017. The Government introduced a national TB...
This week, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB marked World TB Day at a reception in Parliament. With this year’s World TB Day theme being “It’s Time”, it is fitting that the event took place only a few metres away from Big Ben, generously hosted by the House of Commons Speaker, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, in his state rooms.
After being welcomed by APPG Co-Chair Virendra Sharma MP, International Development Minister, The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, addressed the audience. Minister Burt reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to the fight against TB, saying “this matters to us, we...
Today, Nick Herbert MP called for a debate to mark World TB Day.
Mr Herbert, who co-chairs the APPG on Global TB, noted that TB remains the world's deadliest infectious disease globally, highlighting both the high number of cases in the UK and the threat posed by drug-resistance.
Following the UN High-Level Meeting on TB, Mr Herbert emphasised the importance of a successful sixth replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, noting that "it's time to end TB".
In her response, the Leader of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, acknowledge...
Today, Members of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on HIV/AIDS, Global Tuberculosis, and Malaria and NTDs met with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria's new executive director, Peter Sands.
During the closed roundtable discussion, Mr Sands presented the investment case for the forthcoming replenishment and spoke of the Global Fund's work in tackling the three diseases globally.
The French Government will be hosting the sixth replenishment conference in Lyon, France on 10 October 2019. The Global Fund estimates that it will need to raise at least USD $14 billion to reac...
Today, Members of the House of Lords pressed the government to step up its efforts in the global fight against TB to ensure that the world reached the targets of the UN High-Level Meeting on TB.
Lord Collins of Highbury led today's Oral Question in the House of Lord's Chamber, "to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support the global fight against tuberculosis, in the light of tuberculosis being the leading cause of death globally among people living with HIV/AIDS"
Lord Bates, answering on behalf of the Government, noted the UK's leading contribution to th...
On 16 November, a group of MPs visited the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) to find out more about the work of Liverpool researchers in the fight against TB, both in the UK and abroad.
The APPG’s co-chair, the Rt Hon Nick Herbert CBE MP, was joined the School’s MP Dame Louise Ellman as well as Angela Eagle MP and Dan Carden MP, who represent local constituencies.
The day started with a tour of LSTM’s laboratories, where MPs were jointed by a former TB patient and his nursing team and had the chance to see the cutting edge technology being used to identify and test new TB...
On 30 October, members of the APPG on Global TB met with Hon Dr Christopher Kalila MP, a visiting parliamentarian from Zambia.
Dr Kalila spent two days in Westminster meeting with UK counterparts to discuss the recent UN High-Level Meeting on TB and how countries like the UK and Zambia could work together to realise the ambitions of its political declaration.
Dr Kalila is a former medical doctor and Chair of the Health Select Committee of the Zambian National Assembly. He now also chairs the National TB Caucus, the APPG's equivalent in Zambia, which launched in March 2018.