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The Ascent Begins: Tuberculosis Research Funding Trends, 2005–2016

NOVEMBER 8, 2017

By Mike Frick

The world spent $726 million on tuberculosis (TB) research in 2016, marking the first time annual spending has exceeded $700 million since TAG began tracking funding in 2005. Although this figure is $105 million above 2015 levels, it remains woefully inadequate when judged against the innovation gaps holding back the TB response and the ambitious global goals to end the TB epidemic by 2030.

TAG is releasing its latest report —The Ascent Begins: Tuberculosis Research Funding Trends, 2005-2016 —a week before

End the Epidemic Resources: Southern States EtE Meeting Summary and FAQs

Now is the time to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in America’s southern states.

Over the past four years, innovative Ending the Epidemic (EtE) plans have emerged in several jurisdictions across the nation following New York’s 2014 announcement that it will end the state’s HIV epidemic by 2020. While most of these plans have been announced for cities, counties, and states outside of the South, community advocates in Fulton County, Georgia blazed their own trail in 2014, working with local government to establish a task force and develop an EtE plan.

Forging A Path to HCV Elimination: Simpler Tests and Affordable Generics

In July 2017, 37 treatment activists from 17 countries—including 14 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)—met with representatives from three generics and three diagnostics companies. This Hepatitis C World Community Advisory Board meeting was an opportunity for activists to present demands and obtain strategic information from companies on critical access issues in LMICs relating to pricing policies, registration, and procurement.

The report summarizes developments in the hepatitis C virus (HCV) landscape and highlights the significant barriers—such as

27 October 2017

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Strategic Planning Team
200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 415F
Washington, DC 20201

Public Comment Re: HHS Strategic Plan FY 2018-2022
.pdf available here

Dear U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,

Treatment Action Group (TAG) is pleased to submit the following comment to the Strategic Planning Team at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation regarding the HHS Strategic Plan FY 2018-2022. As an organization concerned with access to better

HIV Cure Research: CROI 2017 Update Webinar

On May 3, 2017, Treatment Action Group (TAG) and the DARE Collaboratory Community Advisory Board held a community webinar to provide an update on research results presented at the Conference in Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). The webinar was presented by TAG's Basic Science, Vaccines & Cure Project Director, Richard Jefferys.

Slides from the webinar can be downloaded above, and include links to the CROI presentations that were discussed.



We are interested in generating a catalogue of social sciences initiatives around HIV cure research. A similar catalogue exists for biomedical HIV cure studies on the Treatment Action Group (TAG) website. Similarly, the social sciences and HIV cure research catalogue will also be housed on the TAG website and will be updated on a quarterly basis.

The purpose of generating a public catalogue is to increase the profile of the social sciences around HIV cure-related research. We also want to get a sense of the research currently happening around the world, including possible gaps.

A response to this letter from Director Dieffenbach is provided via link at the bottom of this page.

28 August 2017

Carl Dieffenbach, PhD
Director of the Division of AIDS
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
5601 Fishers Lane, MSC 9806
Bethesda, MD 20892

Dear Dr. Dieffenbach:

Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments to the Division of AIDS (DAIDS) in advance of the recompetition of its clinical trials networks.

October 16, 2017 – The following comments were submitted by TAG to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in response to a request for submissions from interested organizations and stakeholders for the preparation of its report on Sustainable Development Goals and Health. The report, presenting the contributions of the right to health framework to the effective implementation and achievement of global health-related development goals, was included in a June 2017 United National General Assembly resolution, “the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest