Though preventable and curable, tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death of people with HIV, and the leading infectious killer globally. Recognizing that much more progress could be made if existing tools were fully implemented, and that more research is needed to end TB, TAG’s TB Project strengthens evidence-driven and human rights-based advocacy both for better TB research, and for high-quality programs and policies worldwide, that meet the needs of affected communities.
TAG’s TB Project educates, mobilizes, and empowers communities to increase community understanding of TB and to catalyze action to reduce new infections, deaths, and suffering from TB and TB/HIV. The Project works with community advocates (including community advisory boards), researchers, policy makers, developers, and donors to ensure needs-driven research to improve options for TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. The TB Project publishes an annual report on TB Research Funding Trends, and advocates for all governments of the world to step up and contribute their “fair share” investments in TB R&D.
The TB Project works around the world to ensure transparency and broad, equitable, affordable access to proven interventions, from early in the research process through regulatory approval to global and national guidelines development and product pricing. TAG’s Policy team supports the TB Project in educating U.S. legislators on TB priorities, and leads domestic work at the local, state, and national level to support ambitious and evidence-based programming to end TB.