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Overseas Aid: Health Services

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to implement the World Health Assembly's resolution 62.15 on prevention and control of multidrug resistant tuberculosis and extensively drug resistant tuberculosis. (316704)

The Department for International Development (DFID) is working to implement resolution 62.15 and the earlier resolution 60.19 through our support to the delivery of the Global Plan to Stop TB 2006-15. We recognise that drug resistant strains of TB pose serious threats to achieving the goals of the Global Plan and are working with our partners to ensure that prompt quality diagnosis and effective treatment is available to those who need it.

This includes a 20-year commitment to UNITAID of up to €60 million per year by 2010. UNITAID aims to triple access to rapid testing for multi-drug resistant TB and to reduce the price of multi-drug resistant TB medicines by 25 per cent. by 2010. DFID funds research into new TB drugs and diagnostics, including through the Global Alliance for TB Drugs and the Tropical Disease Research special programme at the World Health Organisation (WHO). In 2006 DFID also provided an additional £1.6 million to the Stop TB Partnership to address extensively drug resistant TB in South Africa.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to promote the development and production of anti-tuberculosis drugs appropriate for children in developing countries. (316705)

The Department for International Development (DFID) is committed to supporting the delivery of the Global Plan to Stop TB 2006-15, which specifically highlights children with tuberculosis.

As part of our support we have made a 20-year commitment to UNITAID, the international drugs purchasing facility, of up to €60 million per year by 2010. One of UNITAID's core areas of work is to support the development of, and access to, child-friendly TB medicine.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to implement commitments made by EU member states in the 2007 Berlin Declaration on Tuberculosis. (316706)

The Department for International Development (DFID) is working towards implementing commitments in the 2007 Berlin Declaration on TB through our support to the delivery of the Global Plan to Stop TB 2006-15. We do this through country programmes, multilateral organisations, global partnerships, research and through using our political voice in the G8 and other forums.