Delhi End-TB Summit Current Affairs

WHO SEARO countries adopt Delhi End TB Summit Statement of Action to eradicate TB

The Member Countries of World Health Organization-Regional Office for South-East Asia (WHO-SEARO), participating in Delhi End Tuberculosis (TB) Summit have adopted ‘Delhi End TB Summit Statement of Action’.

The summit was co-hosted by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, WHO-SEARO and Stop TB Partnership in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also launched TB Free India Campaign.

Delhi End TB Summit Statement of Action

It identifies roles, responsibilities and directions of member countries of WHO SEARO region to make their countries free from this disease. It commends increased attention, investments and efforts directed at tackling region’s major burden of tuberculosis (TB).

It also expresses concern that most low-burden countries are yet to establish last mile programmes for early ending of TB. It reiterates firm intent to implement response in each of our nations that is demonstrably adequate for ending TB by 2030 and meeting milestones for 2020 by collectively reaching out to missing 2 million BT cases and 150000 multidrug-resistant cases.

LEAD-INCREASE-ENABLE-SUPPLEMENT Priorities

  • LEAD implementation of national TB responses in countries by empowered national initiative that monitors progress in reaching End TB targets to the highest levels of government in Member States.
  • INCREASE budgetary and human resource allocations by governments as well as by their global, domestic and other partners so as to ensure that national TB plans are fully funded.
  • ENABLE best possible care to each and every person, including migrants, aged and other high-risk populations, living with any form of TB including drug-resistant TB/ HIV co-infections.
  • SUPPLEMENT medical care for TB with social and financial protection in holistic manner.

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Delhi End-TB Summit: PM launches campaign to eradicate TB from India by 2025

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Tuberculosis (TB) Free India Campaign after he inaugurated Delhi End-TB Summit in New Delhi.

The summit was co-hosted by Union Health Ministry, World Health Organisation (WHO) South East Asia Regional Office and Stop TB Partnership. It set stage for September 2018 United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB, where for first time, TB will be discussed in UN General Assembly (UNGA) at Heads of State level.

TB Free India Campaign

  • The campaign aims to take activities of National Strategic Plan (NSP) for TB elimination forward in Mission mode. It will have funding of over Rs. 12,000 crore over next three years.
  • It sets deadline to eradicate TB from the country by 2025, five years ahead of global target of 2030 mentioned in the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The motto of NSP under the campaign is to ensure every TB patient has access to quality diagnosis, treatment, and support.
  • It adopts multi-pronged approach which aims to detect all TB patients with emphasis on reaching TB patients seeking care from private providers and undiagnosed TB in high-risk populations.
  • It will treat all patients irrespective of where they seek care by adopting patient-centric approach and prevent emergence of TB in susceptible population groups and build empowered institutions and human resources to streamline implementation.

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