WHO members nations pledged to ramp up efforts to eradicate tuberculosis by 2030. WHO said tuberculosis was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable and over 10 million people contract the disease every year.
According to The Indian Express news site, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, DG WHO, said “Progress against TB in this region (South East Asian region) will have a major impact on the progress globally. Too much is at stake, we cannot afford to fail. We must remember that the war against TB will be won in communities. It will be won by nurses, doctors, community health workers and others at the frontlines. We must give them the resources they need to find every last person with TB, to diagnose them, to treat them, and to cure them”
The Delhi End TB Summit was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday where he announced the target to free India from the disease by 2025 – five years ahead of a global deadline.
The Indian express also reported that “Welcoming the statement, Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia, said, it gives shape to the momentum and aspirations, and does so by setting out a series of strategic priorities. (The priorities) include establishing strong leadership of TB programmes at the national level, increasing budgetary and human resource allocations to TB programmes from domestic and global sources, enabling each and every TB patient to access the best possible care available and supplementing medical care for TB with social and financial protection,”