Key Ask 2: Invest funds to end TB

The first ever United Nations High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Tuberculosis (TB) will convene in New York on 26 September. The theme is United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic. The meeting must generate action urgently needed to End TB. The Union is advocating for priority actions countries should implement.

The HLM will produce a political declaration on TB. The Union calls on UN member states to include five commitments within the declaration.

Key Ask 2: Invest funds to end TB

The Union calls on UN member states to invest the funds necessary to end TB. Specifically:

  • Double current funding to $13 billion to implement TB care and prevention.
  • Close the US$1.3 billion annual funding gap in TB research.

How The Union is helping invest funds to end TB:

In Uganda, The Union has delivered some highly effective projects using innovative funding structures for combatting TB:

  • SPARK-TB has fostered public-private partnerships to build capacity into private health clinics in specific districts, enabling them to provide TB diagnosis and treatment for poor urban dwellers.
  • DETECT Child TB was set up to improve childhood TB case-finding thanks to a partnership between the Ministry of Health, the National TB and Leprosy Program, Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation and Mildmay Health Centre, Uganda. The project has had outstanding results – TB case-finding among children has more than doubled.

Photo shows 18 month old Fabian. Thanks to the DETECT TB Project, Fabian was diagnosed and is now receiving treatment and care -- he is responding well. Image credit: Javier Galliano


Read more about our work in Uganda, and the vision of The Union’s Acting Director in the country, John Paul Dongo.

Read about Union Executive Director, José Luis Castro’s insights on the funding gap for TB.