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.
Brussels: A significant reduction in global funding to Eastern European and Central Asian countries looks set to undermine achievements made in the fight against TB and HIV and lead to rising rates of disease and drug resistance, according to a report released by leading health non-governmental organisations today. The report calls on the EU to step in to fill the gaps left by global donors to countries within and neighbouring its borders.
September 13, 2012 -- Today UNICEF released its annual report on child survival, Committing to Child Survival: A Progress Renewed http://www.apromiserenewed.org. The report provides the latest official statistics on the numbers of children who die of largely preventable causes around the world.
August 30, 2012 – Today, an international team of researchers led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published new research that shows higher rates of drug-resistant tuberculosis around the world than previously demonstrated. The study was published in The Lancet medical journal.
ACTION applauds the leadership of PEPFAR, USAID, UNITAID, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their leadership in reducing the cost of GeneXpert by 40 percent — a significant cost reduction for a critical technology for fighting tuberculosis, a disease that takes the lives of 1.45 million people each year.
ACTION made a splash at this year’s International AIDS Conference, educating and engaging conference attendees through interactive games, informative sessions and even a stunt or two to drive home the wise words of Nelson Mandela, “We cannot win the battle against AIDS if we do not also fight TB."
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: