Global leaders gather at UN forum to tackle tuberculosis threat

On the eve of a high-level meeting on AIDS, government leaders, health and business officials, heads of United Nations agencies and activists have gathered in New York to confront tuberculosis, the leading cause of death for people living with HIV.

UN-backed Global Fund against killer diseases hails Japanese donation

The United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today welcomed Japan’s announcement that it will donate $560 million starting next year, which takes the Asian country’s total contribution so far to nearly $1.5 billion.

Multi-drug resistant strain of tuberculosis creating particular risks, says UN envoy

The multi-drug resistant form of tuberculosis is reaching its highest levels ever recorded and overwhelming the ability of health-care systems around the world to treat sufferers, the United Nations envoy for efforts to fight the disease said today, calling for more resources and attention worldwide to be focused to combating the emerging strain.

To fight tuberculosis, root causes must be addressed, says Secretary-General

Tackling tuberculosis – a disease which still kills 4,000 people every day – requires dealing with its root causes, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on the occasion of World TB Day.

Progress slow in global fight against tuberculosis, says UN report

A new publication by the United Nations health agency finds that the pace of global efforts to control the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic slowed slightly in 2006, as did progress in diagnosing people with the airborne infectious disease that is both preventable and curable.

Drug-resistant tuberculosis on the rise, UN health agency says

Rates of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis – which takes longer to treat and requires more expensive drugs that have potentially serious side effects – are at an all-time high, according to a new report by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).