[Ip-health] RESULTS UK welcomes announcement of first UN High Level Meeting on TB

Rachael Crockett rachael.crockett at results.org.uk
Fri Dec 16 04:43:45 PST 2016

RESULTS UK welcomes announcement of first UN High Level Meeting on TB

RESULTS UK welcomes the United Nations’ announcement that it will convene
its first ever High Level Meeting on tuberculosis at the 2018 UN General

TB is the world’s leading infectious killer and figures released by the
World Health Organisation in October showed that there were 10.4 million
new cases in 2015 and 1.8 million deaths, a revision upwards from 1.5
million the previous year.

Despite the increasingly urgent need to combat the epidemic, TB has
maintained a low profile on the global political agenda, failing to receive
the attention and resources it deserves.

TB has been with us for thousands of years, since at least the time of the
Pyramids, and killing over a billion people. Yet of the world’s three most
deadly infectious diseases, TB is the only disease never to be included in
high-level discussions amongst heads of state or prioritised by the G7 and
G20. Today’s announcement could change that.

In response, Aaron Oxley, Executive Director of RESULTS UK, said: “This is
a signal to the millions of people living with the disease and the medical
professionals working tirelessly to treat them that world leaders haven’t
turned their backs."

The UK Government has shown global leadership on infectious disease,
pressing the world to prioritise antimicrobial resistance and committing
development aid to ending the epidemics through historic commitments to
organisations such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and
Malaria. However, to combat the world’s leading infectious killer, leaders
must work together at a global level.

"We applaud UK leadership to date, and encourage them to work closely with
other governments to make the first ever High Level Meeting on TB a
landmark moment in our battle to defeat this disease once and for all,”
Oxley concluded.

Notes to the Editor:

For further information, please contact Amy Whalley, Head of Policy
Advocacy on amy.whalley at results.org.uk or 020 7793 3970

RESULTS UK is a movement of passionate, committed, everyday people who
together use their voices to influence political decisions that will bring
an end to poverty. For more information please visit www.results.org.uk

*Rachael Crockett | Policy Advocacy Officer (TB) | **RESULTS UK – you have
the power to end poverty*

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mobilize resources to fight diseases of poverty and achieve equitable
access to health.

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