On Tuesday evening we held the latest in our series of ‘Back to Basics’ focus calls, looking at the topic of Tuberculosis. The back to basics calls are designed to help new RESULTS activists or those looking for a refresher to master the basic facts about the issues and problems that we campaign on. You can listen to a recording of the call here.
Tuberculosis is one of the world’s biggest killer diseases, causing around 4,500 unnecessary deaths every day – even though TB is completely curable. Our speakers Clare Shaw from Target TB and Aparna Barua of the ACTION Project explained why TB is such a massive problem, particularly in the developing world, and what progress we have made so far in the fight to eradicate it. Clare also explained the dangerous partnership that TB has with HIV/AIDS.
If you weren’t able to join us you can listen to a recording of the call here.
RESULTS is part of the ACTION project, which works to mobilise resources to treat and prevent the spread of TB. We also carry out grassroots advocacy in the UK to push the UK government to increase the resources they put into fighting TB. In recent months we have had a particularly strong emphasis on the replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, which provides two thirds of all funding to fight TB in the developing world. The UK government’s weak response at the recent pledging conference – we did not commit any further finances for the Fund – was a major disappointment, and we will be revisiting this area early next year in the run-up to the publication of the Department for International Development’s Multilateral Aid Review. If you want to find out more about how you can get involved please send us an email.