World TB Day 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic proves that infectious diseases do not respect borders. Prior to COVID-19, TB was the leading infectious disease killer globally, and the majority of the global TB burden continues to be in our region.
Tragically, years of progress fighting TB have been eroded by COVID-19, with TB deaths increasing for the first time in over a decade. In 2020, approximately 1.5 million people died of TB globally. It is predicted that the effects of COVID-19 on the diagnosis and treatment of TB will be even worse in 2021 and 2022.
But, we can end TB in our lifetime. What is. missing is the political will and financial resources to do so.
This is why we are calling on Australia to invest at least a further $450 million in the Global Fund to end TB and save lives later this year.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) is a partnership working to end these epidemics, saving 44 million lives since its inception and roviding 77% of international financing for TB.
Since 2004, Results has been campaigning for Australian support to the Global Fund. This work of Results, especially our grassroots Advocates, in making the case for Australia to contribute to the Global Fund has been critical in securing close to $1 billion to date.
With funding for TB falling well short of what is required to meet global targets, we need to act now to generate the political will to end this disease of poverty.
Learn more about Tuberculosis, the Global Fund, and the 20 years of hard fought progress in the fight to end TB in our newly released advocacy booklet
Read about the setbacks and challenges in investing in resilient systems for global health and Australia’s impact on the opportunity ahead to end TB in our lifetime.
Parliamentary Online Event
We were delighted to host our annual World TB Day Parliamentary event online on Thursday 24 March, with a range of fantastic panellists.
These included: Peter Sands (Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria), an interview with The Hon Prof Md Habibe Millat MP, (Chair of the Bangladesh Parliamentary Forum on Health and Wellbeing), Aniba Koivaku and Milicent Inabi (PNG peer counsellors at the Burnet Institute), Sharon Claydon MP and The Hon Warren Entsch MP (Co-chairs of the Australian TB Caucus), and Negaya Chorley (Results CEO) talking with Madi Strachan (TB survivor and Grassroots Advocate).
Learn more about our panellists below!
Warren Entsch MP
Member for Leichhardt, QLD & Co-Chair of the Australian TB Caucus
The Honourable Warren Entsch MP is Member for Leichhardt and Co-Chair of the Australian TB Caucus.
Warren was first elected to Parliament in 1996, representing the Division of Leichhardt in Far North Queensland. Throughout his parliamentary career he’s served as Chief Opposition Whip, Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for LGBTIQ Australians, Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia, and Special Envoy for the Great Barrier Reef. Warren has also been a strong advocate for mental health and tuberculosis. He’s been Co-Chair of the Australian TB Caucus since 2014, and he is on the executive of the Global TB Caucus.
Sharon Claydon MP
Member for Newcastle, NSW & Co-Chair of the Australian TB Caucus
Sharon Claydon has been the Federal Member for Newcastle since 2013. She is a fifth-generation Novocastrian with strong connections to her local community.
Sharon is an Honours graduate in Social Anthropology and, before entering Parliament, worked in remote Aboriginal communities and the community-based disability services sector.
Sharon is committed to social justice and throughout her career has worked to improve the lives of working people. She is passionate about fighting discrimination and ensuring we leave a better world for the next generation.
Executive Director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
Peter Sands has been the Executive Director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria since March 2018.
Since June 2015 Peter has been a Research Fellow at Harvard University, dividing his time between the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Global Health Institute.
Peter was Group CEO of Standard Chartered PLC from November 2006 to June 2015, having joined the Board of Standard Chartered as Group CFO in May 2002.
Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Peter was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Co.
Peter has served on various boards and commissions, including the UK’s Department of Health, the World Economic Forum and the International Advisory Board of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Peter graduated from Oxford University with a First Class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He also received a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, where he was a Harkness Fellow. Peter, who grew up in Singapore and Malaysia, is married to author Betsy Tobin and has four children.
Hon Prof. Md Habibe Millat
Chair of the Bangladesh Parliamentary Forum on Health and Wellbeing & Member of the Global TB Caucus
Hon Millat obtained his MBBS degree from the Mymensingh Medical College in Bangladesh and FRCS degree from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is also trained in Advanced Cardiothoracic Surgery from Europe’s leading hospitals and in Harvard Medical School, Boston, United States. Hon Millat was re-elected as a member of the Bangladesh Parliament from Sirajganj-2 constituency for the session 2019–2024. He was also the Member of Parliament for the previous session. He was elected President of the Advisory Group on Health of the Inter Parliamentary Union in June 2015. He has a number of scientific articles published in international medical journals.
Currently, he chairs the Bangladesh Parliamentary Forum for Health and Well being, with support from Shastho Shurokkha Foundation. The Parliamentary Forum for Health and Wellbeing in Bangladesh aims to promote learning and exchange of knowledge among the parliamentarians to better engage them with health and wellbeing related issues i.e. prevention and control of, Non-Communicable diseases, Communicable diseases such as Tuberculosis and COVID-19, and health system changes for Universal Health Coverage etc. This group will raise the profile of the health and wellbeing situation of Bangladesh nationally, regionally, and globally in different parliamentarian forums and to contribute to accelerate the progress towards ensuring the rights to health for all.
Peer Counselor at Burnet Institute in Daru, Western Province PNG
Aniba Koivaku joined Burnet Institute in July 2018 as a Peer Counsellor with the South Fly TB program, Western Province, Papua New Guinea. His roles include providing education, and psychological support to patients and their families, facilitating patient referrals and working collaboratively with other clinical staff to ensure patient needs are met.
Prior to joining Burnet, Aniba was a TB patient who completed treatment in 2007 and thereafter become a TB treatment supporter with World Vision from 2017 to July 2018.
- July 2018 – Present; Burnet Institute
- 2017- July 2018: World Vision
- October 2019: SASA – Examining Power, Root Cause, Types of Violence Against Women Training – DARU PNG
- 2019: Certificate in Standard Patient Education Counselling sessions trainings (theory and practical)
- 2018: Gender Based Violence Training
- 2017: TB Treatment Supporter Training
Peer Counselor at Burnet Institute in Daru, Western Province PNG
Milicent Inabi came into the Peer Counselling role with Burnet Institute from a background in hospital admin support and advocacy for people on TB treatment. Milicent joined the TB counselling team in South Fly TB program, Western Province, Papua New Guinea in January 2022. In her role as Peer Counsellor Milicent provides psychosocial support to people on treatment for DS-TB, DR-TB and TB infection through individual, family and peer group support.
Milicent completed treatment for DR-TB in 2021. While on treatment Milicent was elected by her peers on treatment to be a patient representative. She became a leader of the patient representative group, supporting discussion of issues affecting people on treatment and advocating for solutions to these.
- January 2022 – Present; Burnet Institute
- 2000- 2015: Daru General Hospital
TB Survivor and Results Advocate
A passionate advocate for global change with a degree in Business, currently studying postgraduate International Relations and Politics whilst working at Channel 7 in Digital Marketing. An avid traveller and writer who loves people!
Results in the News
As tuberculosis resurges in the Asia Pacific, what lessons from Covid can save Australia? Brendan Crabb and Negaya Chorley
When the pandemic unfolded, vital resources were diverted away from TB, with infections going undetected, untreated and unmanaged.
The Australian Government needs to commit $450 million to fighting tuberculosis, say Results International (Australia) and Pacific Friends of Global Health.
While many would consider tuberculosis a disease of years gone by, global health experts have warned the global death toll has risen for the first time in a decade – and Australia needs to do more.
Northern Beaches Advocate
Manly Town Hall was lit up red last week to mark World Tuberculosis Day. For the third year in a row, Manly Town Hall at Belgrave Street, Manly, joined dozens of buildings around Australia, and hundreds around the world, to light up red for World Tuberculosis (TB) Day last Thursday, 24 March.
Infrastructure in Ulverstone and Wynyard will turn red on Thursday night to mark World Tuberculosis Day. Central Coast mayor Jan Bonde said the illumination initiative was intended to make governments and members of parliament aware of the devastating health, social, and economic impacts of tuberculosis.
The National Carillon in Canberra will light up red tonight on World Tuberculosis Day, 24 March, to stand in solidarity with the 1.5 million people who die of Tuberculosis (TB) each year. It will be one of the numerous iconic locations across Australia showing their support to end the TB pandemic.
Light Up Red for TB
Light up Red for Tuberculosis (TB) is a global campaign held on 24 March to show solidarity and commemerate those who lose their lives to TB each year. World TB Day is recognised by lighting up buildings Red in communities, councils, and cities.
Our Advocates have been working with their local councils and organisations to light up the buildings in their own communities red. And so far, we have 40+ buildings confirmed and counting more!
If there is a monument or building in your city with lighting equipment, then you can join the campaign and show your support. Get in touch to let us know!
Unley Town Hall
Waratah Wynyard Council Chambers
Leven River Bridge in West Ulverstone
New South Wales
Stairwell and Foyer of the Convention Wing, Albury Entertainment Centre
Rockdale Town Hall
Newcastle City Clocktower
Manly Town Hall
Brisbane City Hall
King George Square, Brisbane
Story Bridge, Brisbane
Victoria Bridge, Brisbane
Reddacliff Place sculptures Donna Marcus: Steam 2006
Tropical Dome, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha
Wickham Terrace Car Park architectural wall
Breakfast Creek Bridge, Newstead
Central Highlands Regional Council Chambers
Wineglass Drive Hillcrest Water Tower, Logan
Telfer Street Shailer Park Water Tower, Logan
Brookvale Drive Underwood Water Tower, Logan
Mackay Regional Administration Building
Moreton Bay Regional Council Facilities
Sir Helscher Bridge
Catenary and Little Malop Central Festoon Lights
Wodonga Water Tower
The Drum Theatre Building
Monash Park Tree
Mooroopna Water Tower
Hume City Town Hall Light Cube
Stawell Town Hall
Wedge Performing Arts Centre
Sale Clock Tower
Maffra Rotunda in Sale
Moonee Valley City Clock Tower
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Australian Capital Territory
Albany CBD Precinct
Perth Council House
Queens Park Theatre
Mount Street Bridge
Sky Ribbon Bridge, along with the Tunnel entry/exit artwork
Perth Concert Hall
Perth Bell Tower
Advocates at the Drum Theatre in Dandenong, Victoria.
Advocates at Manly Town Hall with Mayor Regan in Manly, New South Wales.
Advocates at Victoria Bridge in Brisbane, Queensland.
Advocates at the Bell Tower in Perth, Western Australia.
Advocates at the Adelaide Convention Centre in Adelaide, South Australia.