In brief

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 09 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2224

New funding sought to transform major diseases: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria has set a goal of raising $15bn (£9.8bn; €11.5bn) for activities between 2014 and 2016. Added to an estimated $61bn from implementing countries and other international sources, the money would provide 87% of the global resources needed to fight these three diseases. The funding would treat 17 million patients with tuberculosis, prevent a million new cases of HIV each year, treat 10 million more patients with HIV, and prevent millions of new cases of malaria.

Commissioners asked to improve health of people with learning disabilities: Clinical commissioning groups are being encouraged to sign up to a charter developed by the charity Mencap, together with the Royal College of General Practitioners and others, to deal with health inequalities among people with learning disabilities in England ( The pledges include ensuring that staff receive learning disability awareness training, offering annual health checks to people with a learning disability, and providing evidence of involving patients and their families in the planning of health services.

Dramatic increase in deaths from liver disease in Canada: Over the past eight years, the death rate from liver disease has risen by nearly 30%.1 On 2 April, the Canadian Liver Foundation and medical experts across Canada called for a national liver disease strategy to reduce deaths from viral hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease, fatty liver disease, and liver cancer.

Potential savings to United Kingdom from more exercise is £7bn: If each adult in the UK did 12 minutes more exercise each day, the country could save £7bn in NHS treatment costs, welfare, and loss of earnings, said a report by the healthcare charity Nuffield Health and the London School of Economics. People who do not exercise have almost 80 000 more hospital inpatient visits a year, it said. Currently, 70% of adults do not meet the target of 150 minutes of exercise a week.2

Solomon Islands struggle to manage dengue fever outbreak: An outbreak of dengue fever in the Solomon Islands has killed three people and infected at least 1700 others since an outbreak began in February, health authorities have said. Australia and New Zealand are sending a team of nine doctors, nurses, and public health experts to manage the situation with more on standby if needed.


Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2224