TB gets rare moment of attention at UN meeting


UNITED NATIONS — Tuberculosis killed far more people — approximately 1.7 million — last year than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. So when Eric Goosby, the former United States Global AIDS Coordinator, took on the role of U.N. special envoy on tuberculosis, he was surprised to find a relatively weak global approach in addressing TB.

“The HIV community was more available and more aggressive in playing a role in outreach retention and care, and with some of the organizing, politically, around HIV services to challenge policymakers to fund more and to hold them accountable when they did,” Goosby told Devex in a recent interview. “The lack of that in the TB community was striking to me, having come out of the HIV community, and [it] was one of the big differences that is reflected in the response.”