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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.

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TB is the world’s most lethal infectious disease, with over 10 million new cases each year, an estimated 1.8 million deaths annually, and many more at risk for infection and illness.

Data now shows that the world will not meet the targets set to eliminate TB and funding must be substantially increased – from both international and domestic sources to get back on track and achieve the ambitious Global TB targets.

A significant increase for the Global Fund overall is needed and GFAN’s ask for the 6th Replenishment of the Global Fund is for between US$16.8 and 18 billion. Failure to reach this level of funding will have dramatic consequences in terms of achieving global goals and, the impact will be felt disproportionality by key populations.

 

What Happened at the HLM:

The UN High Level Meeting on TB on September 26th was a momentous and historic occasion that ...


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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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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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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. 

Background

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.  ...


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This document has been produced by ICCS/GFAN with the Affected Communities and Civil Society Advisory Panel to the High Level Meeting (HLM) on TB to summarize needs and priorities in addressing TB identified by civil society (CS) organizations involved in implementing TB programming and advocating for the rights of people living with and affected by TB and marginalized and underserved populations in the TB response. The information for this summary report was gathered through three online surveys, a moderated discussion forum, and regional in-person consultations. This represents a third version up to date as of April 25th 2018 – and will be periodically updated between now and the HLM in September. The online surveys opened on February 20 and closed April 23, 2018, and considered the following topics: 1) Target Setting (Financial Targets; R&D; Case Detection; TB/HIV Treatment); 2) Community Rights and Gender and Human Rights; ...


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