Embargo: October 31st 2012 95% of all TB cases are in the developing world. Target TB always works in partnership with local organisations in Africa and Asia to have the greatest impact on the global TB epidemic. – Ends – Nikki Jeffery, Director at Target TB, said “Gaining the support of Bupa and its members around the world is a fantastic boost to our cause. As well as working in Timor-Leste, it’s a real chance for us to raise awareness of the injustice that millions of people continue to suffer and die from TB in an era when we have the diagnosis and treatment available to stop this.” Brighton based Bupa International is partnering with local charity Target Tuberculosis with the aim of saving the lives of people affected by Tuberculosis (TB). TB is still one of the world’s biggest killers, with nine million new cases emerging every year. Every six months, Bupa International offers its individual customers a free gift, which they can choose to waive, and instead donate the money to Target TB. A similar initiative over the last two years has raised over £40,000 for Sightsavers, a charity that works to fund eye care projects in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Wayne Close, Bupa International’s managing director, said: “Every year, almost 1.5 million people die needlessly, from this preventable and curable disease. We’re extremely proud to be supporting Target TB, and we hope that with the help of our customers, we can save the lives of many people in Timor-Leste.” Lynn Stevens Fundraising manager, Target TB Tel: +44 (0) 1273 827070 Email: [email protected] Or For more information, please contact: Jo Hudson Bupa Corporate Affairs Tel: +44 (0) 20 7656 2273 Email: [email protected] 35 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis With customers in over 190 countries, Bupa International offers a range of high quality, flexible health insurance plans for companies and individuals living or working abroad, as well as a range of travel insurance plans. In 2011, Target TB trained over 8,000 local people as volunteer health workers, referred over 21,000 people with TB symptoms for testing, and supported over 7,000 people with TB through their treatment. The charity reached over 4 million people with preventative TB health education. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Bupa partners Brighton TB charity to save lives in Timor-Leste Notes to Editors Bupa International offers customers access to more than 200,000 medical providers worldwide and can settle bills directly with over 7,500 hospitals and clinics. It also has a medical advice line staffed by a team of experienced, multi-lingual advisers to offer customers support 24 hours a day, every day. Howard Lake | 8 November 2012 | News To find out more, visit the Target TB website www.targettb.org.uk About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Visit www.targettb.org.uk Visit www.bupa-intl.com About Target TB Target TB is a UK based charity with a vision of a world free from TB. Its mission is to stop vulnerable people in Africa and Asia dying from TB by improving their access to information, treatment, care and support. Advertisement About Bupa International Bupa International, part of the healthcare group, Bupa, has provided international health insurance since 1971 and today is one of the leading international health insurers in the world. Tagged with: corporate Bupa is working with Target TB specifically on a project in Timor-Leste, in south-east Asia, one of the world’s poorest countries. Donations will be used to reach hundreds of people living in isolated and poor villages, giving them the care and support they need to survive TB. The aim is to train local people to become volunteer health workers, who will then travel in this mountainous region, by 4×4 vehicle, motorbike, or simply by foot, bringing basic healthcare to people in real need. By the end of the year, over 70 local health workers will be in place, identifying 600 people, including 200 children, with TB symptoms.