Friends welcomes the United Kingdom's £1 billion pledge to the Global Fund but is concerned by the reduction in funding. There is still time for the U.K. to join the majority of G7 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Germany, France and Japan, which have all increased investments to fight HIV, TB and malaria.
Tuberculosis Cases Continue to Rise According to New WHO Report
A new WHO report found that COVID-19 disrupted progress fighting TB in 2021, continuing a global trend seen in 2020. If these trends hold, TB is on track to surpass COVID-19 as the world's deadliest infectious disease according to reporting from the Economist. Below are highlights from the WHO's latest report on the state of the global fight against TB:
In 2021,10.6 million people fell ill with TB, an increase of 4.5% from 2020.
In 2021,1.6 million people died from TB which includes 187,000 deaths among HIV-positive people.
A Fireside Chat with Dr. Raj Panjabi on the National Biodefense Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIS)
At a fireside chat sponsored with CSIS, Dr. Raj Panjabi, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Global Health Security & Biodefense, answered questions on how to strengthen global health security:
"You can't do pandemic preparedness without leveraging existing investments in PEPFAR, the President's Malaria Initiative and the Global Fund that have been made [to fight pandemics]."
Our pandemic response muscle works only if we have been preparing that muscle everyday... that muscle that we have been using everyday to fight pandemics is the Global Fund which has been investing in countries in the poorest parts of the world."
A COP27 panel emphasized the connection between climate change and infectious diseases:
“We need to climate-proof our global health systems and our disease elimination systems. Fortunately, there is a groundswell of new innovation that we are starting see: highly sophisticated technologies that help predict where, when and to what extent disease outbreaks will occur so that we can act in advance and prevent those outbreaks.”- Kelly Willis of Malaria No More
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