Written Answers | International Development: Tuberculosis

Posted on: 14th July 2011

Andrew George MP (St Ives, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what strategies his Department has to (a) prevent and (b) treat non-HIV related TB.


Stephen O’Brien (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, International Development; Eddisbury, Conservative)

The coalition Government are committed to supporting global efforts to halve tuberculosis (TB) deaths by 2015, as highlighted in ‘UK aid: Changing lives, delivering results’. We will help increase access to effective prevention, diagnosis and treatment of TB through our bilateral and multilateral support, particularly through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which is the largest single provider of international funds to fight TB, and through supporting co-ordinated action through the Stop TB Partnership; through our investments in research and product development into more effective treatment and vaccines; through our support to countries to strengthen health systems to deliver quality TB programmes; and working with our partners to tackle the risk factors for TB, including poverty and malnutrition.