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The most powerful tools to end TB? Country by country UN TB targets and commitments

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Dr Lucica Ditiu

Executive Director, STOP TB Partnership

In the coming three years, the world needs to dramatically improve access to TB services for people who are affected by TB – especially diagnosis. So far, and in spite of the good work done last two years, we still have to find and treat three million ‘missing’ people with TB.

UN TB targets and commitments are the most powerful tools we have to end TB.

But, we must also resolve the huge challenge of drug-resistant TB, where we need 1.5 million people diagnosed and treated by end of 2022. The 2018 figure stands at a paltry 180,000 people treated.

The UN High Level Meeting on TB (UNHLM) produced a very ambitious and comprehensive TB Political Declaration on TB, which includes targets and commitments to be achieved by every single member state between January 2018 and the end of December 2022.

Speaking specifically on the concrete targets, the declaration will be a collective effort in which every single TB programme should contribute their share to make the total of 40 million people with TB, 1.5 million people with drug-resistant TB, 3.5 million children with TB and 30 million people infected with TB that are getting treated.

Making it easier and simpler to gauge country by country progress

To make things clearer and to make monitoring easier, the global targets were unpacked by each country and shared as ‘indicative targets’. These are to be used in all discussions and dialogues taking place for the development of the National Strategic Plans, Global Fund applications and so on. In this manner, it is much easier to monitor the progress towards achievement of all the targets.

The ‘indicative targets’ will provide easy-to-understand indicators at national level, but also at sub-national level. They will make sure that the TB response is accelerated in the areas that need it the most, for the interventions lagging behind.

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