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Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

8. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking globally to prevent the spread of tuberculosis. (244092)

DFID aims to prevent the spread of TB through our support to international organisations and partnerships, direct support to countries, and research. DFID supports the World Health Organisation, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and UNITAID, the drug purchase facility. DFID works on TB programmes in a number of countries, in addition to strengthening health systems which combats all diseases including TB. We also fund research including development of new drugs.