5 Actions Global Community Must Take To Eliminate TB

Project Syndicate: The Road to a TB-Free World
Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, and Lucica Ditiu, executive director of the Stop TB Partnership

“…The international community needs to take five specific actions to eliminate the scourge of TB once and for all. For starters, the gaps in existing health systems must be closed, so that all people have access to services for preventing, diagnosing, and treating TB. … Second, policymakers and health care providers must transform the standard response to TB to make it more equitable, rights-based, non-discriminatory, and people-centered, not just in health settings but also in workplaces, schools, and jails. … Third, we must commit to making the investments necessary to end TB, recognizing that the right thing to do also makes financial sense. … The fourth priority is to leverage the private sector. … Finally, the international community must commit to more decisive and accountable global leadership. … On September 26, the U.N. General Assembly will hold its first-ever High-Level Meeting on TB, and member states will issue a political declaration of intent to tackle this issue. We would urge them to reflect on the five action items above. The path to a TB-free world starts there” (5/18).