Sustainable Development Goal 3

More than 150 world leaders attended the UN Summit in New York on 25 September 2015 to formally adopt new sustainable development goals (SDGs) for 2016 to 2030.

The basis of all of our work is to make sure that people affected by neglected diseases can have access to good healthcare.  Many of our projects are in remote, underdeveloped areas with very poor healthcare provision.

We go where others cannot or will not go, identifying gaps in healthcare and in social and financial support.  Bridging those gaps involves partnering with governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and others. 

Our work in tuberculosis (TB) and neglected tropical diseases relates very closely to SDG 3.3:

“By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases.”

Let’s take TB as an example…

The Global Tuberculosis Report 2015 (World Health Organization) identifies TB as one of the world’s deadliest communicable diseases. In 2014, an estimated 9.6 million people developed the disease and 1.5 million died from it. However, it is estimated that 43 million lives were saved between 2000 and 2014 through effective diagnosis and treatment. 

In Bangladesh in 2014, nearly 192,000 newly diagnosed cases and 81,000 deaths were notified. We have worked with people affected by TB in three districts of Bangladesh since 2002, with financial support from The Global Fund and USAID.  Our focus is to increase case detection and increase the cure rate, reducing the number of deaths.

Between 2002 and 2015, our treatment success rate has increased from 78% to 95%, higher than the national programme target of 85%. In 2014 – 2015, we tested more than 73,100 people for TB and treatment started for 4,550 people whose test results were positive.

Every year, we raise the awareness of 100,000 about TB and its symptoms through our health education programmes. This includes school students, village doctors and community leaders.

You can find out more about TB here or the lives we've helped change here.