Congratulations to Dr Jess Potter, who is not only conducting research into TB here in London as part of her MRC fellowship, but is also doing amazing work to grab the public’s attention and get TB in the news. She recently wrote for the Guardian following a visit to Cambodia.
Whilst in Cambodia Jess saw the impact of investment in TB control measures. Cambodia is among the WHO high-burden TB countries but with international funding, an engaged ministry of health and a well-designed National TB Programme, they have reduced TB prevalence by approximately 50%.
“Dr Mao Tan Eang, director of the national TB programme (NTP), told me that the key to ending TB has been to close the resource gap. In 2015, just 12% of the TB programme was funded domestically, 47% was funded by foreign donors (half of which came from the Global Fund), and the remainder was unfunded.”
Jess calls on the UK to donate to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, at the upcoming fifth replenishment conference in Canada.
“There really is just one choice – we must tackle TB on a global scale and that means overseas investment”