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WHO seeks joint action to bring TB under control

“Efforts to bring TB under control have been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic and conflicts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.”

• April 19, 2023
Tuberculosis patient
Tuberculosis Patient (Photo Credit: The Nations)

The director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Ghebreyesus, has called for joint action between communities and the health system to bring tuberculosis (TB) under control.

Mr Ghebreyesus said this during a news conference on Tuesday.

The WHO director-general noted that the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, universal health coverage and primary health care agendas all recognise community empowerment as vital processes in helping to make TB a policy priority.

He said the WHO launched the new DG Flagship Initiative to End TB to support these efforts, pointing out that nearly 40 per cent of the 10.6 million people with TB are not receiving the health and care services they need.

“Efforts to bring TB under control have been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic and conflicts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. All of this makes working with affected communities and civil society critical to bringing this killer disease under control,” he said.

The WHO boss said on World TB Day he launched the initiative to end TB, and its aim for the next four years “is to support the fast-tracking of progress towards ending TB, and advancing research and innovation on new vaccines.”

He explained, “The WHO Civil Society Task Force on TB has been working to bring the voices of TB-affected communities and civil society to the work of WHO. With this in mind, new WHO guidance for community engagement to end TB will be published soon.”


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