The petition will be delivered to the BRICS Ministers of Health on 14 November 2016, prior to their meeting in December in New Delhi.
Treatment Action Group’s Report on Tuberculosis Research Funding Trends, 2005–2015: No Time to Lose showed that the world spent US$620.6 million on TB research and development (R&D) in 2015, the lowest level of funding since 2008. This marks the second straight year that funding for TB R&D has fallen, raising doubts over whether world leaders will fulfill recent promises to combat antimicrobial resistance and eliminate TB by 2035.
Turning the TB R&D declining trend around will require increased political commitment from all countries but especially from leaders of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), which bear the greatest TB burden. On December 16, the BRICS Ministers of Health will meet in New Delhi, India. Treatment Action Group will send a petition from the TB community prior to the meeting to urge the ministers to turn their previous statements of resolve into action against TB. The petition encourages the health ministers to work within their governments to triple the amount of funding available for TB research.
Treatment Action Group is collecting signatures from organizations and individuals who would like to speak up in support of TB research.
Sign the petition to the BRICS Health Ministers by clicking here.
Source: Treatment Action Group