Senator Sherrod Brown
Congressional Champion Award
Senator Sherrod Brown is a longtime champion of efforts to combat and eliminate malaria, tuberculosis (TB), and neglected tropical diseases. In 2007, he spearheaded legislation that resulted in the Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher Program, a key innovative financing mechanism that has incentivized the development of new, lifesaving technologies for more than 25 neglected diseases to date.
Senator Brown has been a particularly persistent force in efforts to address TB. Ringing alarm bells after seeing an increase in TB cases in his home state of Ohio and having witnessed the suffering drug-resistant TB can inflict while traveling, his sustained advocacy helped catalyze President Barack Obama to release the National Action Plan for Combating Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis. Senator Brown has sponsored the Comprehensive TB Elimination Act in multiple Congresses and introduced the Strategies to Address Antibiotic Resistance Act to address the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Together with Senator Young, Senator Brown led on a letter to the Trump administration in 2018 urging increased support for research and development on TB across multiple government agencies.
Beyond TB, Senator Brown sponsored the 2019 End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act, which was signed into law in 2020 and strengthened support for research and development for neglected tropical diseases at the US Agency for International Development.