Tuberculosis (TB) is now the leading infectious killer of adults worldwide, surpassing HIV/AIDS. About 1.3 million people die of TB every year. (This figure excludes people co-infected with both TB and HIV.) For the great majority of TB patients, the disease can be cured with about $40 worth of drugs, taken over six months. However lack of attention to the need for high-quality basic TB treatment has led to the emergence of drug-resistant strains which pose an increasing threat.
The Fund for Global Health advocates accelerating progress by increasing funding for TB programs.
Our dedicated team of advocates and partner organizations are fighting to step up funding for TB programs. We are lobbying Congress to substantially increase aid for these programs and use that aid as effectively as possible. Specifically, we are asking Congress for the following:
An additional $150 million appropriation for the USAID account to address drug-susceptible TB
That 80% of USAID TB funding go only to projects with annual targets for additional people treated as a result of U.S. assistance
That USAID report annually to Congress on its progress towards these targets
Click the link below to see our action sheet which lays out step-by-step how to write an effective email to your Representative or Senator.
We believe in working closely with other organizations, building alliances to bring about change. Towards this end, we help to co-ordinate the Coalition for TB Impact to fight for improvements in global TB treatment. We are bringing together non-governmental organizations, healthcare providers, and socially conscious businesses to push for change.