As new UN Goodwill Ambassador, British pop star lends his voice to halt TB

The award-winning singer Craig David, named today as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador against tuberculosis, promises to lead the chorus in the fight against the curable disease which claims 1.8 million lives worldwide every year.

Donors assess Global Fund needs ahead of pledging session at UN

Donors to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria gathered in the Netherlands today for a two-day meeting to assess funding needs for the 2011-2013 period, ahead of a pledging conference at United Nations Headquarters in New York in October.

Asia heads record levels of drug-resistant tuberculosis, UN health agency says

Drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is now at record levels with Asia bearing the brunt of the epidemic, says the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in a report released today that also calls for better diagnosis of the disease.

Tuberculosis treatment strategy saves millions of lives over last 15 years – UN study

A change of strategy for treating patients suffering from tuberculosis has cured 36 million people worldwide and saved up to 8 million lives over the last decade and a half, according to data released today by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

UN-backed forum commits to greater action, funding to fight drug-resistant TB

Health ministers from countries suffering the highest burden of drug-resistant tuberculosis cases have agreed to a series of measures aimed at accelerating efforts to stop and reverse the global epidemic, at a United Nations-backed meeting in China.

Rate of epidemic’s decline too slow, says Ban on World TB Day

A new United Nations report notes that the percentage of the global population falling ill to tuberculosis is dropping annually, but Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the pace of the disease’s decline is too slow and that efforts to combat it are “falling short.”

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.