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...
Going to be at the Union Meeting in The Hauge? Don’t miss our session: UNHLM What’s Next?
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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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 we as a community have never had befor...