March 2011 Newsletter

Cover Story

In October 2010, the WHO Stop TB Partnership announced an initiative- The Global Plan to Stop TB 2011-2015: Transforming the Fight-Elimination of Tuberculosis. This initiative which will ramp up the fight against Tuberculosis given the MDGs by 2015 is a call to action that identifies research gaps and provides innovative solutions for public health programmes.

According to WHO Tuberculosis reports, since 2004 there has been a decline in the incidence of Tuberculosis because “TB Control works” starting with awareness, prevention, diagnosis and treatment/care. The Global Plan to Stop TB 2011-2015 calls for full cooperation from world leaders especially with regards to adopting more efficient, accurate ways to test for TB. There is also a research agenda whose aim is to produce three new drug regimens – one for drug-sensitive tuberculosis and two for drug-resistant tuberculosis.

To read more about the plan, please click – http://www.stoptb.org/news/stories/2010/ns10_053.asp

FA monthly review

Dr. Akudo Anyanwu Ikemba, CEO & Founder Friends of the Global Fund Africa and Ms. Chioma Nwachukwu, Director of Technical Assistance and Projects at Friends Africa chaired sessions at the recently held 18th Union Africa Regional Conference

Partner news/events

GF News/ events

-          Global Fund Names Former HHS Secretary Leavitt and Former President of Botswana Mogae to Lead Independent Review

Scientific information on AIDS, TB & Malaria

Other relevant news on AIDS, TB & Malaria

International Women’s Day – 8th March + women and girls focus of the Global Fund.

STOP TB DAY – 24th March; ‘Connecting the DOTS in Africa’: summary about recorded successes in Nigeria.

http://gbcimpact.org/node/2872

for good notes on what’s happening in HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria go to

http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/

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A massive scale-up in malaria control programmes between 2008 and 2010 has resulted in the provision of enough insecticide-treated mosquito nets to protect more than 578 million people at risk in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new United Nations report. But new commitments for malaria control appear to have levelled off in 2010 at $1.8 billion, still far short of the estimated $6 billion required for the year in the battle against a disease that kills a child in the world every 45 seconds, nearly 90 per cent of them in Africa, the World Malaria Report 2010 says.

New trends in this year’s AIDS epidemic report show that the AIDS epidemic is beginning to change course, as the number of people newly infected with HIV is declining and AIDS-related deaths are decreasing. “We have finally reached the first part of Millennium Development Goal 6 — by halting and beginning to reverse the spread of HIV,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for World AIDS Day (1 December).

A new initiative — Global Plan to Stop TB 2011-2015 — designed to combat tuberculosis, which claims the lives of nearly two million people across the world every year, could lead the way towards eliminating the disease if governments and donors commit enough funds, the World Health Organization announced. “There is an urgent need to scale up action against TB — 10 million people, including 4 million women and children, will lose their lives unnecessarily between now and 2015 if we fail,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the WHO, which hosts the Stop TB Partnership.

Eight of Africa’s best known musical talents are now lending their voices in support of the UN campaign for the Millennium Development Goals. “8 Goals for Africa” features Yvonne Chaka Chaka from South Africa, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo from Benin, Oliver Mtukudzi from Zimbabwe, Eric Wainaina from Kenya, Baba Maal from Senegal, and the Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa. World renowned jazz musicians Hugh Masekela and Jimmy Dludlu from South Africa are instrumentalists on the track produced by Arthur Baker from the US

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