The Stop TB Partnership announced its GLOBAL PLAN TO STOP TB 2011-2015 which it said “for the first time identifies all the research gaps that need to be filled to bring rapid TB tests, faster treatment regimens and a fully effective vaccine to market. It also shows public health programmes how to drive universal access to TB care, including how to modernize diagnostic laboratories and adopt revolutionary TB tests that have recently become available.” The organization said that twenty-two countries, including South Africa, bear 80% of the burden of TB worldwide. Some 9 million people become ill with active TB and nearly 2 million die each year. The new Global Plan sets out to provide diagnosis and treatment approaches recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for 32 million people over the next five years.
The Global Plan calls for US$37 billion for implementation of TB care between 2011 and 2015, leaving a funding gap of about US$14 billion, or approximately US$2.8 billion per year, which “needs to be filled by international donors.” The plan “includes a separate calculation of the funding required to meet targets for research and development: a total of US$ 10 billion, or US$ 2 billion per year. High-income countries and those with growing economies will need to increase their investment in research and development to fill an estimated gap of about US$ 7 billion, or US$ 1.4 billion per year.” Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, which hosts the Stop TB Partnership, said, “There is an urgent need to scale up action against TB – 10 million people, including 4 million women and children, will lose their lives unnecessarily between now and 2015 if we fail. TB control works, with global incidence of the disease declining since 2004, although much too slowly.”
Plan documentation at http://www.stoptb.org/global/plan/