WHO TB Report Reveals ‘Massive Disconnect’ In Global TB Response

Noting the release of the WHO’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2013 on Wednesday, which “declared multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) a ‘public health crisis,'” ACTION Director Kolleen Bouchane writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog, “The new WHO report reveals massive disconnect between what is clearly a crisis situation and a lackluster global response to TB — a disconnect demonstrated by the $2 billion we are lacking annually to mount a smart and effective response to TB in the low- and middle-income countries where it is needed most.” However, she continues, “the solutions to this crisis are multifaceted, long-term, and outlined in the ‘priority actions’ of the WHO report,” which include replenishing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. “Nearly 90 percent of international donor financing for TB is provided by the Global Fund, and its programs have put 11 million people on TB treatment,” Bouchane notes, concluding, “Thanks to the WHO, we have the evidence. We know what we need to do. What we need now is visionary leadership, particularly the delivery of commitments and new resources for the Global Fund” (10/23).