BARCELONA, 31st October 2014: A WHO and Global Fund study revealed that for the period between 2014 and 2016, there will be a funding shortfall for TB activities totaling up to US$ 1.6 billion/year, assuming that US$ 3.2 billion/year will be met through domestic financing. This figure however does not include the US$ 2billion/year needed for R&D investments as recommended by the Stop TB Partnership’s Global Plan to Stop TB, of which only a third is invested each year. Once we include the R&D funding requirements, we arrive at an estimated funding gap of US$ 2.9...Read more
BARCELONA, OCTOBER 30th, 2014 —Members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) joined activists from across the world who interrupted the Japanese pharmaceutical company Otsuka’s symposium at the 45th Conference on Lung Health, calling for immediate broad compassionate use access to delamanid, Otsuka’s new drug to treat multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).
Activists called attention to the contrast between delamanid’s limited availability here on earth and Otsuka’s plan to launch its sports drink on the moon. In 2015, Otsuka plans to send a canister filled with its...
BARCELONA, 29th OCTOBER 2014: Today at the opening plenary of the 45th Conference on Lung Health in Barcelona, activists from across the globe called on governments to dramatically increase spending on research and development (R&D) for new treatments for tuberculosis (TB). Treatment options for people with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) are particularly challenging. Spending must be tripled to meet the US$2 billion annual minimum required according to the Stop TB Partnership’s Global Plan to Stop TB.
The message was delivered by Portia Serote, a TB...
JOHANNESBURG: 27 OCTOBER 2014: Over the weekend of 25th / 26th October the TAC held a successful and positive National Council (NC) meeting with its leaders from seven provinces and key allied organisations. Among the many deliberations, the NC members received a report from the CEO of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) Dr Fareed Abdullah and discussed the growing challenges and threats to HIV & TB prevention and treatment in South Africa.
The NC reaffirmed that TAC’s five key campaigns are:
1. Monitoring the...
Tshawe Sithile Nohaya is the Ferrari of the TAC Runners/Walkers for Health group. His pedigree includes a staggering 15 Comrades Ultra-Marathons, 10 Two Oceans Ultra-Marathons and many more, at least 300 races over his 18 year running career. Tshawe will be clearing the road for the TAC 42km bus, aiming to cross the finish line in under four hours. No surprisingly this runner is going for gold, aiming to raise R10 000 for TAC at the Soweto Marathon. If you want to back a winning horse, this is the man to sponsor.
Q: Why do you run?... Read more