Nick calls for debate on TB and says it's time to beat the world's deadliest disease

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Nick Herbert

World TB Day is on 24 March. Tuberculosis is the world’s deadliest disease; it still kills 1.7 million people a year globally, which is more than AIDS and malaria combined. There are still thousands of cases in the UK and drug resistance is a growing global health threat. Can we have a debate on this issue and on the importance of the successful replenishment of the Global Fund?
It is time to end TB.

Andrea Leadsom

First, I acknowledge the work of my right hon. Friend as chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Tuberculosis. It is an absolutely terrible disease that we must beat. The Government are already doing a great deal, including providing support through our commitment to the Global Fund. There is more to do, and the UK will continue to lead in this important area, but the whole world must act together if we are to eradicate this terrible disease.