Stop TB Partnership

Italy urges tuberculosis to become a priority for the G8 in 2006

10 November 2005 -- The Italian Government is to call on G8 countries to intensify global efforts on TB control and ensure it is included as a priority in the 2006 summit agenda. In a statement distributed by the Prime Minister's Office, Giuseppe Drago warned that "TB risks being forgotten" despite two million people dying from the disease every year. He also warned of the challenges of addressing TB in Africa where rates continue to rise, the threat of drug resistance, especially in the former Soviet Union, and the urgent need to find effective vaccines.

Addressing delegates at the Stop TB Partnership's Coordinating Board meeting at Assisi in November, Mr Drago confirmed Italy's commitment to TB by announcing that his government will "take up the duty of informing other members of the G8 so that the fight against TB, in particular in Africa, becomes one of the priorities of the next summit at Saint Petersburg".