WHO’s Commitment to Curbing Global Tuberculosis Cases
By admin November 27, 2017

On November 17th, 2017 the World Health Organization (WHO) announced an urgent action to end Tuberculosis (TB) by 2030. Seventy-five ministers and high-level officials affirmed their action to end TB at the first WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Tuberculosis in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response. Over 1000 participants were in attendance at the two-day conference. The conference brought together delegates from 114 countries in Moscow and had in attendance President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation, Amina J Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General, and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesys, WHO Director-General.

Though TB mortality rates have reduced by 37 percent since 2000, saving an estimated 53 million lives, the disease is still on rampant rise in developing and emerging economies. Consequently, TB kills more people than any other infectious disease, and coupled with antimicrobial resistance, it is the number one killer of people with HIV.

Known as the Moscow Declaration to End TB, the landmark agreement is expected to increase multisectoral action in lessening the global burden of TB by creating tracking and accountability measures for disease burden prevalence. Moreover, the results will also help to inform the 2018 UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on TB. In a statement at the Conference, Dr. Tedros said “today marks a critical landmark in the fight to end TB. It signals a long overdue global commitment to stop the death and suffering caused by this ancient killer.”

The four main objectives and actions of the declaration were laid out as the following collectively by WHO:

  1. To achieve universal health coverage by strengthening healthcare systems and improving access to people-centered TB prevention and care. This is in particular focus of ensuring no one is left behind in care access, particularly due to socioeconomic tensions.
  2. To mobilize sufficient and sustainable financing through domestic and international investments to increase research and implement preventative measures to curb the disease.
  3. To advance research, development, and production of tools to help diagnose, treat, and prevent TB.
  4. To create a framework by which to track progress and hold accountability in ending TB.

“Today’s declaration must go hand-in-hand with increased investment. One of the main problems has been a lack of political will and inadequate investment in fighting TB,” said Dr. Tedros. Alongside, Professor Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Health, Russian Federation announced “The accountability framework we have agreed to develop marks a new beginning, and, with WHO’s support to coordinate and track progress, we expect the Moscow Declaration to lead us forward to the high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly in 2018.”

Though TB is one of the world’s most prevalent and deadliest diseases, the Moscow Declaration is calling upon global leaders to successfully curb the disease and prevent new pandemics. Throughout 2018 WHO will be continuing to refine the syntax of the Moscow Declaration to present to other high-level leaders the significance of joining the multi-sectoral force in defeating TB.

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