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August 25, 2020

As part of its inquiry into TB and global health research and development (R&D) the APPG hosted two oral evidence sessions in July 2020. 

Speaking to expert witnesses in the UK and internationally, officers of the APPG asked questions about the future of TB and global health R&D, the UK's research priorities moving forward, and the impact of COVID-19 on TB and global health research more broadly. 

Over the course of two conference calls, the following witnesses were interviewed: 

  • Dr Nick Chapman, CEO of Policy Cures Research 

  • Tabitha Ha, Advocacy Manager at STOPAIDS 

  • Pr...

April 15, 2020

Today, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB launched a call for evidence as part of a new inquiry into TB and Global Health research and development (R&D). Expert witnesses, affected communities and other stakeholders are encouraged to submit written evidence by the 30th of June 2020 for the APPG's consideration. 

Tuberculosis (TB) is the world’s biggest infectious disease killer, causing over 10 million new cases and 1.5 million deaths every year. While the disease is curable, the preventive, diagnostic and treatment tools currently available are not fit f...

March 17, 2020

In response to the corona virus outbreak, parliamentary authorities have restricted the access of external visitors to the parliamentary estate. As a result, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB’s briefing to mark World TB Day will be cancelled.

Chairs of the APPG are working with colleagues to find alternative ways of marking World TB Day in Parliament and would like to encourage supporters to do the same. The Stop TB Partnership has produced this helpful social media toolkit, which is accessible here.

The Group will look to rearrange the event to later on in the yea...

March 1, 2020

World TB Day takes place on the 24th of March. To mark the occasion, the APPG on Global TB will host a briefing, inviting government representatives, scientists and TB-affected communities to reflect on progress made, the challenge ahead, and the role of the UK in delivering on the commitments made at the UN High-Level Meeting. 

Please join us on 25th of March from 2.30PM in the IPU room. Speakers will be confirmed in due course. 

External stakeholders are welcome to attend the event but requested to kindly RSVP by 15th of March to janika.hauser@appg-tb.org.uk 

February 15, 2020

Following the December 2019 General Election, the APPG on Global TB hosted an Annual General Meeting on 12th of February. The meeting saw the formal reconstitution of the Group, the election of officers and discussion of the APPG's priorities over the coming months. 

The Group re-elected Virendra Sharma MP (Labour, Ealing Southall) to act as the Group's sole Chair following the decision of the Group's long-standing Co-Chair, Nick Herbert, not to stand for election to the Commons. 

Pauline Latham MP (Conservative, Mid Derbyshire) joined the list of officers for the first time. She ha...

February 11, 2020

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB will host its Annual General Meeting on the 12th of February from 3-4PM in the Macmillan Room of Portcullis House. Parliamentarians are kindly requested to join the meeting to elect officers and determine the priorities for the group's activities in the coming year. 

While only parliamentarians may elect officers officers, the AGMs of All-Party Parliamentary Groups are public. Should members of the public wish to attend the meeting, they are kindly requested to RSVP to info@appg-tb.org.uk. 

June 29, 2019

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.

The new pledge will average at £467...

June 26, 2019

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...

March 28, 2019

On 27 March 2019, the House of Commons marked World TB Day with a debate in Westminster Hall. 

You can watch the full debate here.  

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...

March 22, 2019

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...

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