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International Assistance: Tuberculosis

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of his Department’s contribution towards global and regional progress on Millennium Development Goal 6 in relation to tuberculosis. (294999)

The Department for International Development (DFID) contributes to the Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis (TB) 2006-15, which aims to save 14 million lives, with substantial support through country programmes, multilateral organisations, global partnerships and research. Examples include the following:

Commitment of £1 billion to the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) for 2008-15. The GFATM estimates that it has supported the additional detection in and treatment of 5.4 million people with TB.

A 20-year commitment of up to €60 million per year by 2010 to UNITAID, which by 2011 is aiming to triple access to rapid tests for multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB and reduce the price MDR-TB medicines-by 25 per cent.

DFID support to focus states in India on TB funds the purchase and reliable supply of high quality anti-TB drugs. This has contributed to a reduction in TB mortality from 0.35 million to 0.28 million—a saving of 36,000 lives each year during 2005-07.

This year DFID has undertaken an extensive review of its health portfolio, including our work on TB, publication of which is forthcoming.