Tuberculosis Worldwide

Motion Number: S4M-14653
Lodged By: Richard Simpson

Title: Tuberculosis Worldwide

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2015 report on tuberculosis (TB); understands that, despite excellent progress since 2000, TB now ranks alongside HIV as a leading cause of death worldwide; applauds the reported 47% fall in mortality since 1990; understands that nearly all of this improvement has taken place since 2000, following the setting of the millennium development goals (MDG); believes that effective diagnosis and treatment saved an estimated 43 million lives between 2000 and 2014; believes that the MDG target to halt and reverse TB incidence has been achieved in each of the six WHO regions and in 16 of the 22 high-burden countries that collectively account for 80% of cases; welcomes the report’s claim that, since 2000, the incidence of the condition has fallen by an average of 1.5% per year and it is now 18% lower; understands however that, in 2014, TB killed 890,000 men, 480,000 women and 140,000 children and that 1.1 million of these people were HIV-negative; believes that, in the same year, 5.4 million men, 3.2 million women and 1.0 million children fell ill with the condition; understands that the report records funding gaps of US $1.4 billion for the implementation of existing interventions in 2015 and US $1.3 billion for research and development, and hopes that, as part of an effective continuing campaign to achieve the aims of the World Health Assembly’s End TB Strategy that was launched in 2014, all countries will recommit to ensure adequate funding.

National Stress Awareness Day

Motion Number: S4M-14654
Lodged By: Richard Simpson

Title: National Stress Awareness Day

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the national awareness campaign, National Stress Awareness Day, which will take place on 4 November 2015; recognises that the theme for 2015 is “employee wellbeing as a worthwhile investment in your business”; notes that stress can manifest as a physical, psychological or social dysfunction resulting in individuals feeling unable to bridge the gap with the requirements or expectations placed on them; understands that stress has been proven to have adverse health effects and accounted for 400,000 of the 1,152,000 work-related illnesses in 2010-11, according to the International Stress Management Association; encourages MSPs to consult the National Stress Awareness Day website, which includes guidelines for ways to reduce stress, and commends the International Stress Management Association for organising the day to spread awareness about the issue of stress.