Friday, 29 March 2013



Health leaders signed the Swaziland Statement, committing them to accelerate the response to the TB and TB/HIV epidemics in Africa.

The health agencies point to a funding gap of at least US$ 1.6 billion a year in international funding for treatment and prevention of TB.

From Bulgaria to British Columbia, partners’ events focused on stopping TB In my lifetime. Read more on the World TB day blog.

The Global Coalition of TB Activists aims to put communities affected by TB at the centre of decision making in the fight against TB.

Delegates reviewed progress, shared the latest data and findings and promoted partnerships and collaboration to accelerate and streamline TB vaccine research.

Médecins Sans Frontières says that efforts to treat people for multidrug-resistant TB and find new drugs to treat the disease must be significantly increased.

The International Council of Nurses launches the third phase of its TB project, supported by the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership.

The U.S. Agency for International Development was honoured for its dedication and leadership at an awards ceremony marking World TB Day.

The Deputy President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, handed over six Xpert diagnostic machines to the country’s prison service on World TB Day.


Ban Ki-Moon says that it will be critical to ensure that countries can afford the cost of preventing deaths from TB and arresting its spread.

Shri Pranab Mukherjee calls upon stakeholders to come together and undertake all the necessary steps to achieve the goal of zero TB deaths.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Stop TB Partnership reaffirm their commitment to take effective action to overcome TB.

Lucica Ditiu reflects on the ambition and commitment demonstrated by the TB community at World TB Day events.


Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund and Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership write in the Financial Times.

Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS says that we must act now to stop people living with HIV dying from TB.

Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership argues that while progress has been made, we need to accelerate efforts before the MDGs expire.

Jonathan Smith, Lecturer at Yale University School of Public Health says that there is hope in the fight against TB in the Southern African mining sector.

Articles in the 2013 World TB Day report cover the funding gap for the fight against TB, TB and mining and other issues. (Free registration required.)


The price of several second-line drugs decline by up to 26% compared to 2011 prices, resulting in a decrease in the overall cost of treatment.

The Global Drug Facility has opened its 28th round of applications for grants for first-line adult and pediatric TB drugs.

Representatives of African civil society health platforms called for an end to fragmented action by agencies working on one specific disease or health issue.

Workshop participants proposed a set of goals and targets to guide the global fight against TB after 2015.


Mr Chambers will work with partners to promote and secure increased investment to achieve the health-related MDGs by the end of 2015.

Dr Jorge Sampaio promises to keep advocating for TB as his six-year term as Special Envoy comes to an end.

Take That TB and Treatment Action Group have created an email group designed to connect tuberculosis (TB) patients and survivors.

The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease has appointed Jeroen van Gorkom as the Vice Chair  of its HIV Scientific Section.


The eCompliance system, which records patients’ visits to TB clinics, is featured in a Huffington Post blog.

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation welcomes the announcement by the Global Drug Facility on price reductions for several second-line TB drugs.

The Centre for Excellence in Tuberculosis Control aims to improve coordination between existing TB research initiatives.

The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics and the Special Programme for Research and Training on Tropical Diseases join forces.


The WHO Stop TB Department has helped develop applications for use on tablet computers based on its online training course on managing drug-resistant TB.

Treatment Action Group publishes two new advocacy reports, including an updated publication on childhood TB with the Sentinel Project

The three new tools are new global tools designed to support Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization activities around the world.

New guide includes all of the tools, guidelines and handbooks that the coalition has published.

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