Svizera Europe and TB Alliance commit to fulfill urgent need
In an effort to develop and deliver treatments for children with tuberculosis (TB)—answering a critical need in public health today—TB Alliance, a not-for-profit organization with the mission to develop better, faster-acting, and affordable drugs for TB, has entered into a collaboration with Svizera Europe, one of the leading global supply and distribution companies for TB treatments. The partnership aims to create and enable access to new medicines for childhood TB. Tuberculosis is among the top 10 killers of children and an estimated 500,000 children have TB, but many suspect the burden could be much higher.
Today, there are no quality-assured medicines available in the formulations recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to treat children with TB. TB Alliance has spearheaded an initiative, in partnership with WHO and primarily funded by the global health initiative UNITAID, to facilitate the development and delivery of appropriately dosed, child-friendly formulations of the “first-line” TB treatment to increase child survival and decrease the emergence of drug resistance. The partnership between TB Alliance and Svizera should advance these goals.
“Clinicians and countries don’t have the right tools to treat children with TB,” said Boudewijn Ploos van Amstel, CEO of Svizera. “We look forward to partnering with TB Alliance to not only ensure correct pediatric treatments will be developed but that they will be delivered and made accessible in high TB burden countries.”