U.N. High-Level Meeting On TB ‘Historic Opportunity’ To Accelerate Global Efforts To End Disease

Thomson Reuters Foundation: A historic chance to end tuberculosis
Lucica Ditiu, executive director of the Stop TB Partnership, and Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund

“…[W]e need to get our act together [on TB] now. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be guest of honor at this week’s Delhi TB Summit in India, where WHO and Stop TB Partnership will launch a joint initiative aimed at finding four million missing people with TB. The initiative will be built on a Global Fund program with Stop TB, WHO, and partners, which will contribute to finding an additional 1.5 million people with TB in 13 countries by 2020. We hope such efforts will ignite concrete political leadership and action on the ground to end TB. … The U.N. High-Level Meeting on TB is a historic opportunity to ensure TB gets on the agenda of the heads of states and governments, and that we get different sectors engaged and accelerate our efforts to put the world on course to ending TB. We should start by changing the status quo to move toward a comprehensive standard of care for TB. We must also seek new sources of financing; more efficient case finding, diagnosis, and treatment; put people with TB at the center of the response; help countries move toward universal health systems; increase research for TB; and ensure that human rights and equity are protected…” (3/13).

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