At the Union World Conference on Lung Health, bureaucrats and activists alike are calling for “bold targets and policies” on tuberculosis.
October 17, 2012, Washington, DC – Today the World Health Organization released new data on the global TB epidemic. While the report highlights some welcome successes, it also projects a $2-3 annual gap in funding for TB through 2013. The report also documents a $1.4 billion annual gap in funding for research and development of new drugs, diagnostics and a vaccine.
A new report addressing the current funding crisis at the Global Fund has been released. The report, ‘Bridging the Gap: Why the European Union Must Address The Global Fund’s Funding Crisis to Tackle the Escalating HIV and TB Epidemics in Eastern Europe and Central Asia’, addresses concerns that middle-income countries, particularly those in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) with a high burden of TB and HIV, will be particularly vulnerable to The Global Fund’s recent reduction in funding.
On the second day of the 19th International AIDS Conference convening in Washington, DC, the government of Spain announced that it would contribute 10 million euros to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Kolleen Bouchane, ACTION Director, issued the following statement in response:
Today, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria released its newest impact figures detailing historic progress. Yet, despite these successes, the Global Fund’s future is fragile. In November of last year, the Global Fund cancelled its 11th round of funding, putting the life-saving work of Global Fund supported countries and implementers at risk.