Over the past week RESULTS has been joined by Indian health advocate Dr Bobby John to generate greater awareness and increase political support for the global fight against tuberculosis (TB). Global Health Advocates, of which Bobby is President, and RESULTS are both partners in the ‘Advocacy to Control TB Internationally’ (Action) Project, an international partnership of advocates working to mobilise resources to treat and prevent the spread of tuberculosis, a disease that kills one person every 20 seconds.
Bobby, who is also Civil Society Representative to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, met with the officials from the Department for International Development (DFID) and presented to a number of UK-based health NGOs at a meeting on the importance of integrating the responses to TB and HIV/AIDS.
He also had the opportunity to brief numerous parliamentarians from all the major political parties about TB including Shadow International Development Ministers Mark Lancaster MP and Michael Moore MP. Bobby encouraged them all to make global health a priority ahead of next year’s general election, specifically emphasising the need to scale up efforts to fight diseases of poverty in order to achieve Millennium Development Goal 6.
Bobby and Action Project Manager Kate Finch had a chance to catch up with MPs Bill Cash, Mark Oaten, Virendra Sharma and David Borrow following their recent fact-finding delegation to India. They also met with members of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on TB and India.