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PM to inaugurate 'End TB' summit in Delhi next week

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Leaders from across the globe will converge in the national capital for an End summit beginning next week to review ongoing efforts and accelerate action to reach the 2030 End TB goal, the WHO said today.

The summit will be hosted by the Union Ministry of along with the WHO and the

The summit will be inaugurated on March 13 by and addressed by WHO Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Union Minister J P Nadda and Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, of the

WHO for South-Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Dr and would be present at the meeting.

ministers of a number of countries, including Indonesia, Bangladesh, South Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan, and Brazil, were also expected to participate, the WHO said.

TB was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable while over 10 million people contract TB every year.

WHO South-Region, including India, which hosts about one-fourth of the global population, shares a disproportionate 46 per cent global TB disease burden, the global health body said.

"The End TB Summit builds on the Call to Action adopted by member countries of the WHO South-Region in March 2017, and the WHO Global Ministerial Conference 'Ending TB in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response' held in in November last year," the WHO said in a statement.

The summit next week would set the stage for the September 2018 High-Level Meeting on TB, where for the first time, TB would be discussed in the at the Heads of State level.

The UN high-level meeting is expected to endorse an ambitious set of goals to put the world on a course to ending TB.

"As part of next week's summit, health ministers and programme heads from WHO South-East Asia Region will review accelerated efforts being made by countries since the adoption of Call to Action," the statement said.

had announced ending TB as a flagship programme in the South East Asian Region at the Delhi Call to Action.

The WHO said since then, countries in the Region have beefed up efforts to end TB.

"India, which had set a 2025 target, is matching it up with increased funding and efforts to pro-actively detect and treat patients," the global health body said.

It also pointed out that was also aiming to end TB by 2025 while was focusing efforts at the sub-national level.

Indonesia, on the other hand, was moving toward the universal use of rapid molecular tests to diagnose and treat missing TB cases while had approved a strategic plan to significantly reduce TB incidence, and recently launched its national strategic plan.

"On March 14-15, the Stop TB Partnership will hold its board meeting, which is being hosted in after 14 years, demonstrating the country's resolve to fast-track efforts to end the killer disease," the statement added.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 20:45 IST