The World Health Organisation (WHO) on 17 November 2017 launched a new global effort to end Tuberculosis by 2030. Under this new initiative, 75 ministers agreed to take urgent action to end TB by 2030.
The initiative was launched during the first WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Tuberculosis in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response, that was attended by 114 countries in Moscow.
WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Tuberculosis in the Sustainable Development Era
• The Moscow Declaration to End TB aims to increase multisectoral action as well as track progress, and build accountability.
• More than 1000 participants took part in the two-day conference which resulted in collective commitment to end TB.
• The participants pledged to achieve universal health coverage by strengthening health systems and improving access to people-centered TB prevention and care.
• They also vowed to mobilize sufficient and sustainable finances by increasing domestic and international investments.
• The ministers also promised to build accountability through a framework to track and review progress on ending TB including multisectoral approaches.
• They also promised to minimize the risk and spread of drug resistance and do more to engage people and communities affected by, and at risk of, TB.
Global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and reduced the TB mortality rate by 37 per cent. However, progress in many countries has stalled with persistent gaps in TB care and prevention.
TB still kills more people than any other infectious disease. One of the main problems is the lack of political will and inadequate investment in fighting TB.