Our two briefs, The LAM Test: Ensuring Scaled-Up, Expanded TB LAM Testing for People Living With Advanced HIV for Country Programs and The LAM Test: Ensuring Scaled-Up, Expanded TB LAM Testing for People Living With Advanced HIV for Donors, offer scientific evidence of the benefits of TB LAM testing, share an analysis of PEPFAR and Global Fund grants for the inclusion of TB LAM testing, and outline potential steps that countries and donors can take to make sure national TB programs can easily access this life-saving test.
Data in the report come from an annual global survey of TB research funders conducted by TAG with support from the Stop TB Partnership. The survey, now in its 13th year, is the longest running and most comprehensive record of global funding for TB research. This year’s report was written by Marcus Low, editor of Spotlight magazine and former head of policy at Treatment Action Campaign, and edited by TAG’s Mike Frick.
TB is the world’s most lethal infectious disease , with over 10 million new cases each year, an estimated 1.8 million deaths annually. Unfortunately, people who use drugs (PWUD) tend to have higher rates of TB and higher prevalence of latent TB infection . Lack of follow-through on medical examinations and referrals and lack of integration between various medical and public health services are key barriers to successful diagnosis and treatment. A fully Funded Global Fund in 2019 would mean critical programs targeting key populations such as drug users could be implemented and sustained. GFAN’s Get Back on Track Report released earlier this year, calls for a funding increase of more than 20% to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in its Sixth Replenishment – which includes a doubling of current Global Fund spending on TB – to ensure a fund of between $16.8 and $18 billion for 2020 to 2022.
Guest Blog Post: Evaline Kibuchi, Chief National Coordinator Stop TB Partnership – Kenya
The world is talking about achieving universal health coverage (UHC). This will only be achieved when all donors make health a priority. We have an opportunity to eliminate TB. In Kenya, 60% of the TB response and almost all MDR TB programming is funded by the Global Fund. Without a successful replenishment, the Kenya TB program would collapse. With a fully funded Global Fund, more can be done to address the catastrophic costs associated with TB care.
Evaline shared a pointed example of how critical patient centred care is, and that failing to address the needs of patients, in particular for key populations, can have deadly consequences.
On April 25, 2018, Joyce, a 12-year-old Kenyan girl, died of MDRTB. She had visited eight hospitals and clinics before she was finally diagnosed with MDRTB in August 2017. The late diagnosis meant...
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Work done through the efforts of the Global Fund and its partners has saved 27 million lives; this is proof of the effectiveness of the global commitment to tackle the world’s deadliest infectious diseases, including tuberculosis. However, If the world only maintains current levels of investments and programming, internationally agreed targets for 2025 and 2030 will be unattainable.
We have a historic opportunity to end the TB epidemic. Significant increases in international funding are needed immediately if the global goal to end tuberculosis is to be met.
TB is the world’s most lethal infectious disease, w...
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GFAN Speakers are advocates and volunteers who take time out of their extremely busy schedules to speak with people around the world about the importance of the Global Fund. This week, GFAN Speaker Resty Nalwanga shares with us the work she does with young mothers in Kampala, Uganda and why the Global Fund is important to her. Resty’s childhood had her shuffled around frequently between relatives as she struggled to be healthy. She contracted TB twice and was diagnosed with HIV when she was a teenager. During her illness, Resty started volunteering at local health centres and became involved in youth HIV advocacy work.
Today, Resty’s work focusses on community sensitization and workshops on HIV and TB. “So far my interventions with these community members shows there’s still limited information on tuberculosis and what happened to me when I was a kid still exists. Mothers incorrectly administer medication to the chi...
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