WHO calls for ur­gent ac­tion to end TB

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - World News -

Fewer peo­ple fell ill and died from tu­ber­cu­lo­sis (TB) last year but coun­tries are still not do­ing enough to end TB by 2030, warns the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO). Al­though global ef­forts have averted an es­ti­mated 54 mil­lion TB deaths since 2000, TB re­mains the world’s dead­li­est in­fec­tious dis­ease.

WHO’s 2018 Global TB Re­port, re­leased in New York re­cently, calls for an un­prece­dented mo­bi­liza­tion of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ments. It urges po­lit­i­cal lead­ers gath­er­ing for the first-ever United Na­tions High-level Meet­ing on TB to take de­ci­sive ac­tion, build­ing on re­cent moves by the lead­ers of In­dia, the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion, Rwanda, and South Africa. Nearly 50 Heads of State and Govern­ment are ex­pected to at­tend the meet­ing. To meet the global tar­get of end­ing TB by 2030, coun­tries need to ur­gently ac­cel­er­ate their re­sponse – in­clud­ing by in­creas­ing do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional fund­ing to fight the dis­ease.

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