APPG members participate in backbench business debate on global R&D for combatting infectious diseases

Thursday 20th April 2017

On Thursday 21 April, members of the APPG from both sides of the chamber, joined with Virendra Sharma MP to discuss the challenges facing the development and accessibility of innovation in the fight against infectious diseases globally.

In light of the recent vote for a general election, the debate gave members an opportunity to voice their continued support for the commitment to spend 0.7% of GDP on international aid as a means to fight some of the biggest global killers but also ensure that countries are supported to protect the health of their citizens and those that travel within the country.

Speaking in the debate, Virendra Sharma noted; ‘It is clear that without new tools we will not meet the commitment made in the global goals to end the epidemics of HIV, TB and malaria by 2030’ and encouraged the Minister to look closely at how better use of diagnostics, including blood cultures, can tackle AMR using the prevention of mother-to-child transmission in HIV as an example of the transformative power this can have.

A link to the full debate can be found here.

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