Asia Pacific Forum of the Global TB Caucus
NEWS AND EVENTS
The Asia Pacific Forum of the Global TB Caucus took place in Sydney from the 31st of August to the 1st of September this year. This was the first regional gathering since the Caucus was launched in Barcelona last October. Since its inception, the Global TB Caucus has already grown to more than 550 members from 81 countries, indicating a growing level of parliamentary support for action on TB. The Hon. Mr. Warren Entsch MP chaired the meeting, which was organized by RESULTS Australia and UK, and the ACTION Partnership along with GCTA..
The scope of this Caucus was to focus on:
- Antimicrobial resistance and the need for new TB treatments, vaccines, and diagnostics
- The role of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
- Goals and next steps for increasing regional coordination
- Developing feedback to allow an Asia Pacific regional view to be presented to the Global TB Caucus meeting in Cape Town in December 2015
The Hon. Mr. Warren Entsch MP and the Hon. Mr. Matt Thistlethwaite MP formally opened the Forum on the 31st of August. The first session focused on providing delegates with an overview of the Global TB Caucus. The following session discussed the current situation of TB in the Asia Pacific region.
The second day began with a session on “What we need to END TB” wherein Prof. Mario Raviglione described the scenario and challenges that are specific to the region. The final session was on “What we need for the future” and was conducted by Dr. LucicaDitiu. Blessi Kumar, Chair, GCTA, made a presentation on Moving Forward.
The forum concluded successfully with the Charter of the Asia Pacific Caucus being signed by all the Parliamentarians present as a demonstration of support for the objectives of the forum. The declaration outlines key obstacles and challenges in relation to the TB epidemic in the region and signatories are committing to taking action. This charter aims to act as a galvanizing tool for regional political will, and is an indicator of the increased support that action against TB is receiving in the region.