Funding gap revealed in TB fight

As the estimated need for TB control in 2010 rose to $6 billion, a funding gap of $1.3 billion has officials worried that strains of tuberculosis, including multi-drug resistant strains, may go untreated in underdeveloped nations.

The Global TB Control Report of the World Health Organization revealed that there are an estimated 440,000 MDR-TB cases throughout the world, reports.

Gudrun Kopp, the parliamentary state secretary of Germany, recently spoke publicly about TB, saying that some western countries may not be providing enough funding because of their belief that the disease is long gone and that it is only prevalent in developing countries, according to

Kopp's speech implied that developing countries and developed countries must cooperate to ensure that these countries have the capacity to build strong health systems to deal with problems like MDR-TB. Funding on a worldwide level, she said, appears to be the biggest issue.

While the German government will contribute 600 million Euros to the fight against TB beginning in 2011, there is concern that the European Commission is not doing enough to commit funds to TB treatment. African countries made a commitment to give 15 percent of their total budgets to health during the Abuja Declaration, but only two African countries have met that number, according to

The United State of America is currently the biggest contributor of money to the Global Fund.