October 9, 2015


This week marked another significant step forward in the fight against TB in Brazil as Global TB Caucus co-chairman, the Rt Hon Nick Herbert MP, visited the Brazilian Congress in Brasilia.


Invited by Congressman Antonio Brito, one of the founding members of the Global TB Caucus, Mr Herbert attended a series of public events and private meetings to discuss the Global TB Caucus and the fight against TB in Brazil.


He was joined in Brasilia by renowned economist, Lord O'Neill, and Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, who were also visiting Brazil to discuss the thr...

March 24, 2015

New figures published by the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB (APPG TB) reveal the alarming costs of a resurgent TB pandemic if drug resistance is left un-tackled: Over the next 35 years, 75 million people will lose their lives to multi drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB); and, by 2050 the airborne infection could cost the global economy $US 16.7 trillion – the equivalent of the entire current economic output of the European Union.

By 2050, if it is left un-tackled, MDR-TB could be responsible for 0.63 per cent reduction of annual global GDP and could claim an extra 2.59...

January 19, 2015

10-point action plan aims to eradicate TB across England.


Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England have today (19 January 2015) announced an £11.5 million investment as part of a collaborative initiative to decrease TB cases and ultimately eliminate TB as a public health problem in England.


In 2013, there were 7,290 TB cases reported in England, an incidence of 13.5 cases per 100,000 of the population. The UK has the second highest rate of TB among Western European countries and rates are nearly five times higher than...

October 29, 2014

Today, political representatives spanning 5 continents signed the Barcelona Declaration on Tuberculosis (TB), committing themselves to work for sustained action and significant investment in the fight against TB.

The declaration was the result of the inaugural Global TB Summit, which brought together elected representatives from around the world to galvanise the political will needed to tackle TB, and to create a clear vision for the role of parliamentarians in combatting the epidemic. 

““As elected representatives we have reached across geographic and political divides to plan...

March 24, 2014

In an unprecedented demonstration of support for a single global health issue, over 170 parliamentary representatives from across the G7 and the European Parliament have released a statement calling for a renewed global commitment to “drive down rates of TB across the world and to accelerate progress towards ending TB as a threat to global public health.”

Every year, TB kills 1.3 million people. Long considered eradicated in the West, it remains a threat to public health all around the world. Although the burden is heaviest in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, nearly every count...

November 27, 2013

Mr Dakin opened the debate with a speech detailing the past, present and future of TB, and finished his remarks by celebrating the global efforts of people around the world to combat TB, saying "Their efforts is a call to arms for us and a call for us, as policy makers, to step up to the mark and provide them with the tools and wherewithal to eradicate Tb and place it firmly in the past." 


Nick Herbert MP, co-chair of the APPG, took the debate forward detailing the nature of the global epidemic and the critical need for action. He spoke also of the need to support TB REACH, the St...

October 2, 2013

The UK’s pledge of up to £1bn to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria represents a significant commitment by the UK government to lead the global fight against three of the world’s deadliest diseases. We congratulate the government on its ambitious pledge and applaud its determination to rally international support behind one of the most successful global health organisations at a critical moment.

In little more than a decade, the Global Fund has helped to turn the tide against HIV, TB and Malaria. Through the Fund, 5.3 million people have had access to...

June 4, 2013

On Tuesday 4th June All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Tuberculosis member Jim Fitzpatrick MP (Labour, Popular and Limehouse) secured a debate on the rising rates of drug-resistant (DR) TB in developing countries. This was the first time that a debate had been held specifically on the infectious disease that, despite being curable, continues to kill 1.4 million people each year.


There are estimated to be almost nine million cases of TB each year and just over six hundred thousand cases of the more extreme drug-resistant form of the disease are present in the world at any...

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