WHO has published a global TB report every year since 1997. This 2018 edition is published in the lead up to the UN high-level meeting on TB. It provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic, and of progress in the response to the epidemic, at global, regional and country levels. The report is based primarily on data reported annually to WHO by countries, and databases maintained by other UN agencies and the World Bank.
Worldwide, TB is one of the top 10 causes of death and the leading cause from a single infectious agent (above HIV/AIDS). Millions of people continue to fall sick with TB each year.
The purpose of this report is to highlight the important work being done by the Global Fund to address the specific needs faced by key populations around the world who are disproportionately affected by TB, and how we risk losing the immense strides we have made against the disease if we do not fully fund the Global Fund.
Each year, approximately 10.4 million people develop active TB disease. About 4 million (40%) of them go undetected or unreported. Many of the “missing 4 million” are among key, vulnerable or underserved populations. These key populations include prisoners, mineworkers, people living with HIV (PLHIV), healthcare workers, children, displaced people, migrants, ethnic minorities, indigenous populations, the urban poor, the elderly, and people who use drugs. Key Populations are confronted by social, legal and economic d...
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TB Key Populations and the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment
Why Key Populations Need a Fully Funded Global Fund and Why the Global Fund Needs Fully Engaged TB Communities
Today GFAN released its report on TB key populations and the Global Fund replenishment. The purpose of this report is to highlight the important work being done by the Global Fund to address the specific needs faced by key populations around the world who are disproportionately affected by TB, and how we risk losing the immense strides we have made against the disease if we do not fully fund the Global Fund.
“This is TB’s moment. The hard work of people aﬀected by TB, and those who advocate for them, have galvanized politcal will and has resulted in an historic UN High-Level Meetng. It is now critcal that everyone works to...
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Guest Blog Post – AIDS 2018 Closes with Call to Action on TB and Integrated Care
In a special session at the close of the 22nd International AIDS Conference, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and other high-level speakers called for urgent action to better integrate the responses to tuberculosis (TB) and HIV. President Clinton called on the audience to remember that TB is the largest killer of people with HIV and urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other heads of state to demonstrate global commitments to more ambitious, people-centered responses in two months at the first-ever United Nations High-Level Meeting (UNHLM) on TB in New York on September 26. This call to action built on a key theme that echoed across the week-long meeting: the world cannot reach the end of the epidemics of HIV/AIDS or TB without making more progress toward an effective joint response and ambitious, integrated, people-centered care overall.
GFAN Speaker Timur Abdullaev is human rights lawyer from Uzbekistan. He is a person living with HIV and a TB survivor, and he is a Board member of TBpeople, the global network of people affected by TB, as well as the Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board. He spoke at the Civil Society Hearing at the UN in New York on June 4th as an important step in the lead-up to the UN High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis.
Timur spoke at the UN at the beginning of June and outlined some of the biggest challenges we are facing in the fight against TB today:
Every year, over 10 million people get sick with TB.
Of them, 40 percent are “missed” by health systems – their TB is not diagnosed, meaning they receive no care or treatment, and their infection goes unreported.
A large proportion of people infected with TB are “missed” due to the fact that historically, many TB programs are chronically dis...
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Guest Blog – Evaline Kibuchi: Speaking out in Support of the TBHLM
Evaline Kibuchi the Coordinator Stop TB Partnership Kenya on her visit to Ottawa, Canada to speak to Members of Parliament about the importance of Canada’s participation in the TBHLM.
Globally, tuberculosis (TB) claims more lives than Malaria and HIV combined. In 2016 alone, the infectious disease claimed about 1.7 million lives globally. The TB target in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to end the disease by 2030. This calls for innovations and accelerated advocacy to ensure adequate resources towards TB interventions that will realize this goal.
The year 2018 provides a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity for High Level advocacy around the disease. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) allocated a special forum for the heads of states to deliberate on TB and make commitments which, if well implemented, will lead to ending TB by 2030. ...