CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

March 23, 2005 14:12 ET

CIDA: Canada Helps to Defeat Global Tuberculosis Epidemic


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FOR: CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

MARCH 23, 2005 - 14:12 ET

CIDA: Canada Helps to Defeat Global Tuberculosis
Epidemic

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 23, 2005) - Today, on the eve of
World Tuberculosis Day, the Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of
International Cooperation, announced that the Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA) will provide $38 million this year in
additional support to fight against tuberculosis (TB). Of this, $25
million will support the Global Drug Facility, $8 million will go to the
International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and $5
million will be delivered to the World Health Organization to support
DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment, Short-Course)-an
internationally-recommended TB control strategy.

"Tuberculosis causes death and suffering all over the world," said
Minister Carroll. "Canada is committed to fighting this disease, many of
whose victims also suffer from AIDS and poverty, and we continue to be
an important contributor to the international success in reducing the
number of deaths from TB."

The $25 million announced for continued support to the Global Drug
Facility (GDR) will help to control TB, and to improve the supply,
distribution and monitoring of TB drugs, thus helping to maximize the
number of people cured to almost one million.

CIDA will contribute $8 million to the International Union Against
Tuberculosis and Lung Disease which will support innovative TB control
activities that focus on people with limited access to health services.
This initiative centres around the values of justice and equity, and
will make a point of strengthening local systems to give people more
control over their own health. It will finance the treatment of an
additional 120,000 infectious TB cases in one year; amounting to
approximately five per cent of the global total of undetected infectious
TB cases.

Finally, a $5 million contribution will be delivered through the World
Health Organization to facilitate DOTS. This support will help to cure
approximately 126,000 people of tuberculosis resulting in over 50,000
lives being saved, including the cases avoided since curing a person's
TB stops them from further spreading the disease.

"CIDA support for TB control efforts worldwide has helped to treat and
to cure millions of people, enabling them to survive, to stay in school,
to maintain their livelihoods, to participate actively in their
communities... in short, to lead productive lives," concluded Minister
Carroll.

Funding for these initiatives was provided for in the February 2005
federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.



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MARCH 2005

CANADIAN AID FOR TUBERCULOSIS CURES TWO MILLION

Over the last four years, Canadian funding for global
tuberculosis control has financed the cure of over two million
tuberculosis (TB) patients, according to data received from
implementing partners. Canada has been an important contributor
to the international success in reducing the number of deaths
from TB. WHO's report for 2003 shows mortality dropping for the
first time.


The establishment of the Global TB Drug Facility (GDF) was vital to
increasing the world's success in curing TB patients. Canada was the
founding donor to the GDF, which has since become a multi-country
initiative that has supplied drugs at a greatly reduced cost, to TB
sufferers in 58 countries. Canada has also been funding the World
Health Organization and other members of the Stop TB Partnership.
Established in 2001, to intensify social and political action to contain
the spread of TB world-wide, the Stop TB Partnership is comprised of
donors, representatives from countries with high TB rates, UN agencies,
NGOs and foundations. The Partnership is housed at the World Health
Organization (WHO) in Geneva. Canada chairs its Co-ordinating Board.

Since the inception of the Partnership in 2001, the number of people
receiving modern TB treatment has approximately doubled. Canadian
funding to the Global TB Drug facility has resulted in over 1.8 million
patients cured. Funding to WHO has resulted in over 250,000 cured and
funds to other implementing partners for an estimated 120,000 cured.

In recognition of these successes, and to further advance global TB
control efforts, in March 2005, Canada, through the Canadian
International Development Agency (CIDA), contributed $38 million to
support tuberculosis control initiatives: the Global Drug Facility (GDF)
will receive $25 million; the International Union Against Tuberculosis
and Lung Disease, $8 million; and $5 million will go to the World Health
Organization to facilitate DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment,
Short-Course).

Canada's past contributions to the global fight against TB include:

- $2-million for technical assistance for countries preparing proposals
to the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) to increase
the likelihood of successful applications for many high and intermediate
TB burden countries.

- $10.6 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) which chose to
support India's Revised National TB Control Program. Since its
inception, the TB Control Program has yielded a cure rate of 84% and a
seven-fold decrease in TB-related deaths. India accounts for nearly a
third of all tuberculosis cases, world-wide. This support helped expand
DOTS coverage to include another 100 million people and resulted in
successful treatment of an additional 78,000 TB cases.

Since 1997, CIDA has contributed over $160 million on TB control
programs in 22 countries. To date, CIDA has also contributed $300
million to the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria.

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