Informal Consultation Meeting of Civil Society Participants of the WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB with Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO

Informal Consultation Meeting of Civil Society Participants of the WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB with Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO

Step in a right direction, but long way to go

London, U.K. (Nov. 17, 2017) – As the key political event on tuberculosis (TB) this year – the first-ever WHO Global Ministerial Conference on TB in Moscow, comes to an end, TB Europe Coalition highlights the importance of maintaining, and further building on, the renewed political interest and will to end TB ahead of the UN High-Level Meeting on TB in 2018.

TBEC Steering Committee member and RESULTS UK Executive Director Aaron Oxley said: “We are thrilled to see Ministers of Health coming together to outline what they will do to tackle tuberculosis. But ending the epidemic also needs action that sits outside of Health Ministries’ areas of responsibility, so Heads of State also need to take up the challenge.”

At the end of two-day conference, Ministers of Health from 100 countries signed the Moscow Declaration to End TB and re-committed to end the TB epidemic by 2030. The Ministers committed to: first, scale up TB prevention diagnosis, treatment and care; second, ensure sustainable and sufficient financing of national, regional and global TB programmes; third, accelerate research and development (R&D) for new tools to fight TB, and fourth, to develop a new multi-sectoral accountability framework.

The declaration is a sign of growing political acknowledgement of devastating impact of TB, including its drug resistant and HIV co-infection forms, which results in more deaths than any other infectious disease in the world. In 2016, TB caused 1.7 million deaths worldwide. Furthermore, it is estimated that failing to tackle TB will cost the world economy USD 1 trillion by the end of 2030, according to a recent Global TB Caucus report.

The civil society and community organisations, present at the conference, welcomed the Declaration and called for the World Health Organisation to help take the commitment further and translate it into real action toward providing quality treatment to all people with TB through people-centred care.

2018 provides unprecedented political opportunities to trigger a dramatic shift in the global and European response to TB. The UN General Assembly will host the first ever UN High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis, providing a key opportunity to accelerate country and global efforts and increase political attention, ambition, and accountability to end the world’s leading infectious killer.

For more information:
Anete Cook
TB Europe Coalition Coordinator
+44(0) 2077933970

anete.cook@results.org.uk


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