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What made you decide to write this book?

Once, as I was visiting my family in Mongolia, I went to the TB health clinic where I had been treated for tuberculosis 10 years ago. I just wanted to check out the place to refresh my memories, feelings I was experiencing at that time, and catch up with my former doctors. Initially, I had thought that the clinic would bring back really dark memories and make me feel sad, but it actually inspired me to do something about TB and the attached stigma.

Overcoming TB and the attached stigma is a part of my story. It helped me become stronger, so I felt the need to give something back to the cause. Then I spoke with my doctor and a few other TB researchers, and I found out that I would be the first Mongolian to publicly share her TB story — this was absolutely shocking to me! Mongolia reports ove...

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Guest Blog Post from our Friends at GFAN Africa!

GFAN Africa jointly with Run4TB mobilized in-country partners for letter writing, a jam session, social media and print media activities to mark World TB Day 2021. A letter addressed to Ministers for Health asked the Ministers to engage communities in planning and implementing strong, integrated TB and COVID-19 mitigation and response measures; to review, update and implement TB policies by the end of 2022 to align with the latest WHO and internationally recognized guidelines; and to participate in the next step up for TB survey on TB policies. The letter further asked the Ministers to lead the implementation of the UN political declaration on TB by December 2022 to outline progress, next steps and support the UN Secretary General’s proposal to hold a follow up High-level meeting on TB in 2023.

The letter was sent to Ministers for Health in Eswatini, Zambia, Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Malawi. I...

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I am Naomi Wanjiru from Kenya , I am a mother and a nurse by profession.

I am a TB survivor and a champion and my purpose is to impact positively on the lives of the people who I meet in my line of duty most of whom are affected by TB. I walk with them through the journey of TB diagnosis and treatment.  I walk the talk.

The Global Fund gave me the chance to live again at a time that I felt my life was coming to an end when I was diagnosed with TB of the Spine. Through the Fund, I was able to access all the required medication for free and on time. It also ensured that I got the psychological and emotional support from Community Health Volunteers who are trained and supported by the program. Through this support, I was able to manage my anxiety of looking for funds to buy the drugs and the mental effect of the TB diagno...

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Aaron speaking at a Global Fund Board Meeting.

Hello! My name is Aaron Sunday and I am a 27 year old public health specialist, global influential civic leader, public speaker, AVAC 2021 Falobi award-winning advocate, and researcher. 

As a young person living with HIV and a survivor of TB in Kaduna State, Nigeria, the Global Fund has had a profound effect on many different aspects of my life.  As someone who has survived TB, I am grateful to the Global Fund because without it, I think I would have joined one of the many people that would have been counted as those that have died from TB.

Also, thanks to the Global Fund, I have continued access to lifesaving ART, as well as a range of health services through facilities that they support. In my professional life, the Global Fund provided Technical Assistance funding to my o...

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The impact of COVID-19 on TB service delivery has already been devastating and threatens to worsen. New TB case notifications in some areas have dropped by up to 75%, which means we risk falling far behind on finding the 3 million people with TB who are “missed” each year. If we do not combine our efforts to fight both TB and COVID-19 together, we will undoubtedly lose years of progress.

The Global Fund is providing guidance, tools and immediate funding of more than US$1 billion to help countries fight COVID-19, mitigate the impacts on lifesaving HIV, TB and malaria programs, and prevent fragile health systems from being overwhelmed, but they need more – $5 billion more.

This World TB Day urge your governments to ensure The Global Fund can protect all its hard-fought progress by increasing investments to meet their $5 billion goal.

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Source:  The Lancet

“COVID-19 has the potential to cause substantial disruptions to health services, due to cases overburdening the health system or response measures limiting usual programmatic activities. We aimed to quantify the extent to which disruptions to services for HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria in low-income and middle-income countries with high burdens of these diseases could lead to additional loss of life over the next 5 years.”

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