The Global TB Caucus

Global TB Summit
Global TB Summit, Barcelona 2014

In October 2014, The Union and the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on TB co-organised the first Global TB Summit in over 100 years. It was held in Barcelona, Spain in conjunction with the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health.

This inaugural meeting was co-chaired by Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health for South Africa and Chair of the Stop TB Partnership, and Nick Herbert, MP and co-chair of the UK APPG on TB; and the day-long session led to the foundation of a Global TB Caucus. The aim of the Caucus, a globe-spanning network of parliamentarians, is to bridge geographical and political divides to build the necessary political will to fight the disease.

In addition, the parliamentarians launched the Barcelona Declaration, a powerful call to action for political leadership to secure an end to the tuberculosis epidemic within a generation.

Since then, the Declaration has gained increasing support from elected officials across the world with 611 signatories spanning 97 countries by November 2015. The Caucus’s target for the year is to enlist support from 100 countries, including signatories from each of the G20 countries and the 22 high TB-burden countries.

This campaign will culminate in a second Global TB Summit, which will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, prior to the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health.

Take action to expand the Global TB Caucus

Broad support is essential to meeting the goals of the Barcelona Declaration. Both individuals and organisations can help build government support.

Reach out to members of parliament and elected officials and ask them to join the fight against TB by signing the Barcelona Declaration.

Here is a template letter that you may download and send to your parliamentarians and/or other elected representatives.

The Declaration may be downloaded for signature here. It may also be endorsed electronically by signing here.

If all the stakeholders in the fight against TB come together and support this initiative, we should be able to achieve our target of 100 countries by the end of the year.  

Read these recent opinion pieces

Op-ed by Nick Herbert (co-chair of the Global TB summit and of the UK APPG on TB) and Kalikesh Singh Deo (MP from India): Spread of drug-resistant TB must be stopped to avoid catastrophe

World TB Day joint op-ed by Nick Herbert and Antonio Brito (MP from Brazil):

Op-ed in Le Monde newspaper by Aaron Motsoaledi (co-chair of the Global TB summit) and Philippe Douste-Blazy (Chairman of UNITAID):
Tuberculose: agir avant qu’il ne soit trop tard