We need people – people like those in TB Alert, who are focused and ambitious and care for people at grass roots in the UK, India and Africa. Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership
The report Bridging the Gap, released on 7th November by RESULTS UK, Global Health Advocates, ACTION and TB Europe Coalition, of which TB Alert is a member, calls on the European Commission to increase its contribution to the Global Fund to €450 million for 2014-2016. They also appealed to the Global Fund to re-evaluate its eligibility criteria and allocate more resources for the EECA region given its high incidence of drug-resistant TB.
The Global Fund has been the largest and most important international donor for TB and HIV campaigns in these areas and has financed, to date, TB treatment for 380,000 people and provided antiretroviral therapy for 64,000 HIV sufferers. However, under new eligibility criteria, the Global Fund is set to shift funding from middle-income to low-income countries. This will, in turn, cut funding to EECA countries by half, the report warns.
Read a copy of the Bridging the Gap report on the TB Europe Coalition website