“It is an opportune moment for India to co-host the Delhi Summit, as the world galvanises its efforts to end TB by 2030”, said Nadda. India shall also set an example for other countries by itself freeing of tuberculosis by 2025, he added.
The highest political commitment was reiterated yesterday with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurating the global Delhi End TB Summit .
The Delhi End TB Summit Statement of Action identifies the roles, responsibilities and directions of the member countries of WHO SEARO region to make their countries free of this scourge.
It commends the increased attention, investments and efforts directed at tackling the region’s major burden of tuberculosis, and notes that the response has strengthened further as a result of the Delhi Call for Action, a strategic, action-oriented roadmap initiated by the countries on 16th March, 2017.
The Statement of Action further states: “We the health ministers and delegates of the WHO South- East Asia Region, unanimously make these detailed and fare-reaching commitments so as to operationalise the roadmap of the Delhi Call for Action 2017. By ensuring rapid, concrete and measurable progress on these actions, each and every Member State and partner in the region will finally bring the ending of TB within reach.”
Preeti Sudan, Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, stated that Government of India at the highest level has already issued a clarion call for ending TB by 2025, well before the global goals.
She further stated that in order to ensure that goals are fulfilled, a multisectoral strategy needs to be adopted which shall form the key to countries’ framework. She also highlighted the critical role of research, active case finding, gender sensitivity, smart patient tracking, experience based learning, innovations in designing implementation approaches. She laid emphasis on partnerships with communities, civil society and patients themselves for taking this fight forward.