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.
On 4 October 2018, Health Ministers of the world's 20 largest economies met in Mar del Plata, Argentina, to reaffirm their commitment to global health and sustainable development. Their final political declaration once again includes specific references to the fight against TB and AMR;
"We reaffirm our efforts to tackle drug-resistance, including its growing threat among gram negative bacterial infections, fungal infections and drug-resistant HIV, malaria and tuberculosis. [...] We look to the international community convening to discuss its ambitions to combat AMR beyond the 73rd...
On 26 September 2018, world leaders convened at the United Nations General Assembly for the first UN High-Level Meeting on TB. The meeting saw UN member states, including the United Kingdom, commit to drastically accelerating the global response to TB with the aim of successfully treating 40 million people by 2022.
Addressing the UN meeting, the Rt Hon Nick Herbert MP, co-chair of the APPG and the Global TB Caucus, called on world leaders to translate the commitments of the political declaration into action;
“The world believed that tuberculosis was a disease of the past, and we wer...
One week ahead of the first UN High-Level Meeting on TB, the World Health Organization today released the new edition of its Global TB Report.
While the report highlighted key areas of progress, data for 2017 also demonstrates the scale of the challenge ahead as countries set to work implementing the political declaration of the forthcoming UN High-Level Meeting.
While in 2017, for example, TB programmes were able to diagnose and treat an additional 100,000 people with TB compared with 2016, the same programmes will need to diagnose and treat a further 500,000 additional peop...
The APPG on Global TB held its Annual General Meeting on 11 September 2018 in Parliament, discussing progress made in advance of the first UN High-Level Meeting on TB and kickstarting a new parliamentary year of activities.
Maintaining parliamentary support for UK Government leadership on delivering the commitments made at the UN High-Level Meeting, both in the UK and internationally, will be crucial. The APPG and its members will continue to advance this important agenda.