by Dr Sarah Anderson, Public Health England's Lead for the TB Strategy
On 26th September 2018 World Leaders met at the United Nations General Assembly and endorsed a UN Political Declaration on TB at the first ever UN high level meeting on TB. This Declaration aims to drive universal access, sufficient and sustainable financing, intensified research and innovation, and accountability across all sectors and all countries. It commits world leaders to:
- diagnose and successfully treat 40 million people with TB by the end of 2022
- provide 30 million people with preventive treatment by 2022 to protect them from developing TB.
- mobilise US$ 13 billion a year by 2022 to implement TB prevention and care, and US$ 2 billion for research.
- advance research for basic science & public health
- develop innovative products and approaches
- take firm action against drug-resistant forms of the disease
- build accountability and to prioritise human rights issues such as the stigma that still prevails around TB in many parts of the world.
See https://www.who.int/tb/features_archive/World-leaders-commit-bold-targets-end-TB/en/ for more info
If you wish to watch any more of the UN High-Level Meeting on TB, please visit the UN Web TV website at: http://webtv.un.org