Delegates from 114 countries have agreed to take urgent action to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030. The announcement on 17 November 2017 came as the delegates gathered in Moscow for the first WHO global ministerial conference on ending tuberculosis.
It signals a long overdue global commitment to stop the death and suffering caused by this ancient killer. Though global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and reduced the TB mortality rate by 37 per cent, progress in many countries has stalled, global targets are off-track and persistent gaps remain in TB care and prevention.
The delegates promised to achieve strengthen health systems and improve access to the people regarding TB prevention and care so that no one is left behind. They also agreed to mobilise sufficient and sustainable financing through increased domestic and international investments to close gaps in implementation and research.