Millions around the globe will come together to mark World TB Day on 24 March. Under the theme “It’s Time”, the spotlight this year is on urgently accelerating the TB response to save lives and end suffering, building on high-level commitments by Heads of State at the 2018 UN High-Level Meeting on TB. It is critical that the commitments and action emerging from the high-level meeting are sustained and realized at national and local levels. Any slackening of commitment and action would impede efforts towards universal access to TB prevention and care, and ensuring no one is left behind.
On World TB Day, WHO calls on everyone to keep the promise to:
- Accelerate the End TB Response to reach the targets set in Sustainable Development Goals, WHO End TB Strategy, the Moscow Declaration to End TB and the political declaration of the UN High-Level Meeting on TB.
- Diagnose and treat 40 million people with TB by 2022 including 3.5 million children and 1.5 million people with drug-resistant TB. This is in line with WHO’s overall drive towards Universal Health Coverage and the WHO Director General’s flagship initiative “Find. Treat. All. #EndTB” jointly with the Global Fund and Stop TB Partnership.
- Reach 30 million people with TB preventive treatment by 2022 so that those people most at risk receive TB preventive treatment, including 4 million children under 5 years of age, 20 million other household contacts and 6 million people living with HIV
- Mobilize sufficient and sustainable financing to reach USD 13 billion a year to support efforts to end TB; for every USD 1 invested to end TB, USD 43 is returned as the benefits of a healthy functioning society (Economist/ Copenhagen Consensus).
- Invest in TB research to reach at least USD 2 billion a year for better science, better tools, and better delivery.
“We are at a crossroads for the fight to end TB,” said Dr. Tereza Kasaeva, Director of WHO’s Global TB Programme. “It’s time to unite forces and take the path of success that will save lives and end suffering. WHO will stand by every country, partner, society or person that decides TB has no place in its future. Let us stand together to keep our promises to end TB — not only on World TB Day, or this year, or next year — but every day until the epidemic is conquered. It’s time to END TB!”
WHO has developed an advocacy and communications package to support awareness building and drive action across all levels, in the lead up to and on World TB Day. Please access the package here to join us in amplifying efforts to end TB.