On Tuesday we held our March Conference Call entitled: “World TB Day: still neglected, still killing”. March the 24th 2011 marks the 29th anniversary of World TB Day. TB is a preventable and curable disease, yet it kills 1.7 million people every year. While progress has been made towards fighting TB, many challenges remain, the greatest of which is the lack of prioritisation of this global health threat from governments in the developing and developed world. If we do not address the issue now, 20 million people will die from TB in the next decade.
Our guest speaker on the call was Joel Spicer, senior strategist at the Stop TB partnership, a coalition of donors, governments and NGOs working to end TB, which is hosted in the World Health Organisation (WHO). If you were unable to join us on the call, you can now listen to the recording here. Continue reading
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This week the Stop TB Partnership announced its newly appointed Executive Secretary, Dr. Lucia Ditiu, following the departure of Marcos Espinal in August 2010. A native of Romania, Dr Ditiu is a physician and researcher who has devoted her career to improving the lives of people living in communities heavily burdened by tuberculosis (TB). Continue reading
Today at the British Thoracic Society’s (BTS) winter conference a new report was launched that describes how the NHS is responding to the TB situation in England – where there were nearly 8,000 cases in 2008.
The report is based on an extensive survey of 112 Primary Care Trusts across England. It follows up from an earlier survey and corresponding report published in 2007, and highlights the progress that has been made as well as the gaps that still exist in England’s TB response.
Marc Lipman of the BTS commented: “The survey highlights some encouraging and real progress in the funding, planning and delivery of NHS services to tackle TB – but we’ve got some way to go yet. In the 1970s we possibly became a little too complacent about TB. We should never make that mistake again.” Continue reading
A report issued today by the Stop TB Partnership finds that although important progress was made from 2006 through 2008 in reaching the milestones of the Global Plan to Stop TB many obstacles still remain. Continue reading