Next week RESULTS UK is leading a delegation of British MPs to Kenya, the purpose of which will be to learn more about how Kenya is addressing major health challenges, specifically tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS co-infection and to consider the impact of UK support to Kenya, through different bilateral and multilateral channels. The delegation will meet with the DFID Kenya Team, the World Bank, Kenyan Parliamentarians as well as members of civil society and community projects involved in all aspects of TB control and treatment.
The delegation will include Andrew George (MP for West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Chair of the APPG on Global TB), Virendra Sharma (MP for South Ealing and vice-Chair of the APPG on Global TB), Mike Smith (Coordinator of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB) and Aparna Barua (ACTION Project Associate).
To date, the Global Fund has saved 5.7 million lives. The Global Fund is responsible for the treatment of two thirds of all the overall numbers of Malaria cases internationally, and two thirds of TB treatment. This delegation will offer a prime opportunity to explore the way in which the Global Fund operates in comparison to other multilateral organisations in Kenya, and the impact that a successful replenishment can have in a country where it is needed so much.
The coming months are crucial for efforts to eradicate TB. With the UK government currently undertaking a review of multilateral and bilateral aid (due to conclude early 2011), the Millennium Development Goal Summit taking place in mid-September and the replenishment conference for the Global Fund to Fight, AIDS, TB and Malaria takes place in early October. It is hoped that the delegation to Kenya will encourage parliamentarians both in the UK and Kenya, to take action to support further efforts to tackle TB and fight poverty.