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.
Today, a network of UK academics and professionals working on TB have sent a letter to the Prime Minister, asking her to personally attend the first ever United Nations high-level meeting on Tuberculosis (TB) on 26 September 2018 in New York.
The letter was signed by over 130 TB academics and professionals, including the leaders of several prominent universities and organisations, including the Liverpool School of Medicine, University of Liverpool, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London, University of St Andrews, St George's University of London,...
This Thursday, MPs from across the political spectrum participated in the first debate on Tuberculosis to take place in the House of Commons chamber in some 65 years.
The backbench business debate, which had been secured by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global TB, focused on forthcoming UN High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis, calling on the UK government to play a leading role and encouraging the Prime Minister to attend the meeting in person.
Opening the debate, APPG co-chair Nick Herbert MP, said: “We have made that major investment in the Global Fund. We are world l...
Ahead of this week's historic parliamentary debate on 'Ending Tuberculosis' in the House of Commons Chamber, Nick Herbert MP and Virendra Sharma MP have jointly written of the UK Government's 'moral duty to lead the way on tackling tuberculosis'.
Writing in the parliamentary magazine 'The House', Herbert and Sharma recount the significant impact the world's deadliest infectious disease continues to have around the world and draw attention to the UK's unique position ahead of the forthcoming UN High Level Meeting on TB.
"The UK has a strong record on which to lead successful action...
The Rt Hon Nick Herbert CBE MP, co-chair of both the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB and the Global TB Caucus, participated in the civil society hearing convened in New York on 4 June 2018 ahead of the forthcoming UN High-Level Meeting on TB.
Mr Herbert opened his remarks with a clear call to action; "Political declarations don't treat patients; words are not enough. Since then, 50 million people have lost their lives."
During his speech, he emphasised the importance of specific targets being set forth in the UN high-level meeting on TB's outcome document, saying that,...
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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on TB's co-chairs, Nick Herbert MP and Virendra Sharma MP, have successfully secured a debate in the House of Commons chamber on Thursday 7 June.
The debate, on 'Ending Tuberculosis', was secured through the Backbench Business Committee following a letter to the Prime Minister, signed by over 100 MPs and Peers, asking her to attend the first ever UN High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis during the UN General Assembly in New York this September.
In April 2018, the All Party Parliamentary Group's co-chairs, Nick Herbert MP and Virendra Sharma MP, were joined by forty members of parliament from thirty-five countries in New York to discuss the forthcoming UN High Level on TB with civil society, TB experts and UN Missions.
The summit was convened by the Global TB Caucus, a unique network of parliamentarians united by their shared commitment to end the TB epidemic. Led by its members, the Caucus aims to transform the response to TB through targeted interventions at national, regional and global levels.