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What is the role of the SA TB Caucus?

The SA TB Caucus shall provide a platform to South African Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislatures (MPLs) to champion the response
to TB in the country and in their constituencies, and drive political action to end the disease.

What is the structure of the SA TB Caucus?

The SA TB Caucus is not an official parliamentary body. It is non-partisan and is open to all South African Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislatures (MPLs).

What can MPs and MPLs do to help?

Raise awareness of TB among their constituencies
Engage with the media to raise awareness of TB
Monitor government funding for health and the performance of health programmes
Pass legislation that creates an enabling environment for healthcare in general, and TB services in particular

How did the SA TB Caucus start?

The World Health Organization (WHO) attaches importance to political commitment in the response against TB. The first of four principles of its ‘End TB Strategy’ is ‘government stewardship and accountability, with monitoring and evaluation’. The strategy further calls for ‘political commitment with adequate resources for tuberculosis care and prevention’ as part of its key ‘pillars and components’[1]. This is echoed in South Africa’s National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STIs (2017-2022), goal six which aims to ‘Promote leadership and shared accountability for a sustainable response to HIV, TB and STIs’.

In recognition of the importance of political leadership, the Global TB Caucus was founded in 2014, co-chaired by South Africa’s Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi (also chairperson of the Stop TB Partnership) and the Right Honourable Nick Herbert, Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom. This collective of members of parliament from around the world have committed to the principles outlined in the Barcelona Declaration, the founding document of the Global Caucus, and to work collectively and individually to end the TB epidemic[2].

[1] World Health Organization. 2015. End TB Strategy. http://www.who.int/tb/End_TB_brochure.pdf?ua=1. Accessed online 3 June 2018.

[2] https://www.globaltbcaucus.org/about. Accessed 3 June 2018.