If the world is to triumph in the war against tuberculosis, it must first win the battle in India, which has the maximum number of people living with, and dying from, the disease, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said today.
The World Health Organization chief asserted that the global body would stand by India and all other countries to help eradicate the disease.
"WHO will stand by India, and by every country that decides TB has no place in its future," he said.
"There is nowhere more significant to hold this meeting than here in India, the country with the most people living with, and dying from, TB," he said.
"If the world is to win the war against TB, we must win the battle here in India," the WHO director-general said.
Increasingly, the world was seeing an unprecedented political commitment to end TB, which, he said, was the key to its successful eradication.
"And we will see it again in September, when Heads of State will gather at the UN High-Level Meeting on TB in New York," he said.
WHO and the Stop TB Partnership, a platform supported by the UN body, were calling for leaders and partners from all sectors to make bold and specific commitments "as India is making today", he said.
"Together, we aim to reach 40 million people with quality TB treatment by 2023. Our vision is that no one with TB will miss out on the care they need," he added.
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