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Stop TB Partnership launches updated Global Plan to End TB

US $13 billion per year needed per year for TB care and prevention, and $2.6 billion for research and development

Ingrid Torjesen

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

The Stop TB Partnership has launched the Global Plan to End TB 2018-2022, which calls for US $2.6 billion per year for vital research and development of new tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic tools, new drug regimens and a new vaccine, and US $13 billion per year for TB care and prevention.

In September 2018, the United Nations committed to a series of bold targets in the fight against TB, and unlike previous five-yearly plans, the updated Global Plan for 2018-2022 is aligned to the time frame of these targets and provides an estimate of the resources needed to achieve them.

If the Global Plan is fully funded and implemented, countries will reach UN High-Level Meeting (UNHLM) on TB treatment targets set for 2022, including putting 40 million people on treatment for TB, including 3.5 million children and 1.5 million people with drug-resistant TB. This will lead to 1.5 million fewer deaths due to TB, and the return on investment will be US $44 for US $1 spent. On the other hand, a five-year delay in increasing funding for TB research and development would lead to approximately two million more people dying and an additional 13.9 million people developing TB.

The US $13 billion every year for TB care and prevention is approximately twice the current level invested, and US $2.6 billion per year for research and development is approximately three times the current level of investment.

In 2018, 10 million people fell ill from TB and 1.5 million pe ople died from the disease, and roughly 30% of the new infections went undetected and unmonitored.

Alongside publication of the plan, the Stop TB Partnership also launched the largest-ever call for proposals for TB-affected community and civil society grassroots organisations. The call covers 14 high TB-burden countries - Bangladesh, Cambodia, DR Congo, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, and Ukraine – and also covers the following regions: Anglophone Africa, Francophone Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe.

An estimated 30% of the 10 million people who developed TB disease in 2018 did not access or receive proper care, and the call for proposals recognises the need to work with TB-affected communities and the organisations that support them. The Challenge Facility for Civil Society grant mechanism will fund proposals that address barriers in screening and treatment services; promote community outreach, education and advocacy; organise legal responses to systemic discrimination; and facilitate monitoring of the TB response, holding governments accountable to the commitments made in the United Nations declaration on TB.

"It is not just about launching the Global Plan, it is also about launching concrete tools and funding to implement it,” said Dr Lucica Ditiu, the executive director of the Stop TB Partnership. “We have the largest ever call for proposal from grassroot organisations as we must ensure that civil society and communities remain our full partners in ending TB."

Image courtesy of Stop TB Partnership

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