“Tuberculosis is the world’s biggest infectious killer. Like so many diseases, TB strikes the poorest and most marginalized communities the hardest,” said Dr Tedros while opening the WHO Global Ministerial Conference to #EndTB
Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, J P Nadda, today reaffirmed India’s commitment to eliminating tuberculosis (TB) by 2025 at 1st WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB in Sustainable Development Era’ at Moscow, Russia.
The ministerial and high-level meetings offer participating nations the potential to strengthen and energise the discourse on TB and are perhaps the biggest window for global action on TB in the foreseeable future.
“Tuberculosis is the world’s biggest infectious killer. Like so many diseases, TB strikes the poorest and most marginalized communities the hardest.”—said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organization at the opening the WHO Global Ministerial Conference to End TB
He added, “There are more than 4 million people in the world with tuberculosis who don’t know they have it because of underreporting and under-diagnosis.”
Speaking at the first high level plenary, Nadda said that India has ended polio and will use a similar intensified effort to end TB also.
“This plan requires a significant increase in the budget compared to previous NSP and I am happy to share with you that this plan is fully funded and most of this is through domestic resources, Nadda elaborated.
Nadda informed the participants that the Indian government has given top priority to addressing the quality of care for patients. 25% of the budget is earmarked for direct interventions in this area.
Highlighting India’s commitment further, Nadda stated that to provide access to patients in difficult to reach areas, both socially and geographically, the government has started active TB case finding campaigns in selected areas
The top thematic priorities of this conference were based on the Sustainable Development Goals and the UNGA high level health themes include Universal Health Coverage, Increased and Sustainable Financing and Scientific Research and Innovation.