LAC Region Moves Toward Eliminating TB
Inter Press Service: Latin America & the Caribbean Edging Towards Eliminating Tuberculosis
Grace Virtue, senior adviser of communications at ACTION Global Health Advocacy Partnership
“…Last year, WHO announced United Nations High-Level Meeting (UNHLM) on TB on September 26, alongside the 2018 General Assembly. The meeting is expected to build on the outcomes of the 2017 Moscow Ministerial Conference and commit to providing the resource and policy framework needed to end TB. … The UNHLM is intended to secure greater commitments from governments worldwide to reduce TB incidence by 80 percent and deaths by 90 percent and to eliminate catastrophic costs to households by 2030. Latin America and the Caribbean, may be among the lesser economically developed regions of the world, but it is rich in inspiration provided by leaders … It should come as no surprise, therefore, that the region is edging towards the goal of eliminating TB and [solving] an old problem that while persistent, is highly soluble” (3/16).