Global Plan to Stop TB 2011–2015 launched

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From left: Jorge Sampaio, UN Special Envoy to Stop TB, Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, Hans Kluge, WHO/Europe’s Special Representative to Combat M/XDR-TB, and Luis Sambo, WHO Regional Director for Africa launched the new Global Plan to Stop TB 2011-2015, at the World Health Summit in Berlin on 13 October 2010

On 13 October 2010, the Stop TB Partnership released the Global Plan to Stop TB 2011–2015. The Plan identifies what needs to be done to bring rapid tuberculosis (TB) tests, faster treatment solutions, better medicines and a fully effective vaccine to the market, laying the foundation for eliminating the disease.

Even though the incidence of TB worldwide is gradually declining and overall prevalence and death rates are falling, progress is slow. Drug-resistant TB and the spread of TB/HIV co-infections are significant public health concerns in Europe. In 2008, 81 000 new cases of multidrug-resistant TB were diagnosed in the WHO European Region: almost 20% of the global total.

The Global Plan will build on WHO/Europe’s work to stop TB in the European Region. This includes helping high-burden countries conduct drug-resistance surveys, training staff, establishing a centre of excellence in Latvia for the sharing of country experiences and implementing the Berlin Declaration on Tuberculosis to address the high incidence of TB. In addition, WHO/Europe is developing a comprehensive action plan to prevent and fight multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant TB (M/XDR-TB), in consultation with Member States and other partners.

Speaking at the launch in Berlin, Germany on 13 October, Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe called on governments and partners to provide funding to carry out the Global Plan.

Stop TB Partnership

Hosted by WHO headquarters, the Stop TB Partnership comprises over 1200 international organizations, countries, donors from the public and private sectors, and nongovernmental and governmental organizations, all working together to eliminate TB.