October 27, 2014, Barcelona – The ACTION partnership applauds the signing of the Barcelona Declaration by political representatives from 9 countries spanning 5 continents, formalizing their commitment to work together for accelerated action and significant investment in the fight against TB.
Parliamentarians from Brazil, Canada, France, India, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, and the United States signed the statement as the culmination of the inaugural Global TB Summit. The Summit marked the first time that political representatives from around the world gathered to plan how they will work together to combat the epidemic.
The signing of the Declaration comes on the heels of data released last week by the World Health Organization (WHO) showing that there are more cases and deaths from TB in the world than previously estimated.
“As we come to terms with the reality that there’s more TB in the world than we knew, we must be more ambitious than ever in fighting this preventable and treatable disease. Driven by policy makers themselves, the Barcelona Declaration is an encouraging, essential, and bold step in the acceleration of the global fight against TB,” said Dr. Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS Educational Fund, ACTION’s U.S. partner.
During the Summit, parliamentarians also committed to establishing a Global TB Caucus—a body that will work with NGOs and other international institutions such as the WHO and the Stop TB Partnership to build commitment in their own countries and beyond for the fight against TB.
“TB affects every country in the world, including the UK. We’re proud that UK parliamentarians recognize that no one country can fight TB alone, and are helping build the global movement needed to fight this global disease. We are stronger when we act together,” said Aaron Oxley, Executive Director of RESULTS UK, ACTION’s UK partner.
The Summit was co-hosted by the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB, and preceded the annual Union Conference on Lung Health.
“We are pleased that three Kenyan Members of Parliament have joined the Global TB Caucus. Now civil society around the globe must take action to ensure their own elected representatives join on, and are supported to be active and informed participants in this movement,” said Allan Ragi, Executive Director of the Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium, an ACTION partner.
For more information, or to be connected with our network of advocates:
ACTION Communications Manager
ACTION is a global partnership of advocacy organizations working to influence policy and mobilize resources to fight diseases of poverty and improve equitable access to health services. ACTION partners work across five continents in both donor and high burden countries.