World leaders at the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on TB, held on 22 September 2023, have approved a Political Declaration with ambitious new targets for the next five years to advance the global efforts towards ending the TB epidemic. The targets include reaching 90% of people with TB prevention and care services; using a WHO-recommended rapid test as the first method of diagnosing TB; providing social benefit packages to all people with TB; licensing at least one new TB vaccine; and closing funding gaps for TB implementation and research by 2027. Full information about the meeting, including all related documents and full recording, is available here.
Civil society expressed its firm position on the Political Declaration stressing the need to hold leaders accountable to reaching their commitments. Comprehensive compilation of the civil society statements is available here (Check out the ‘See also’ section on the right).
More about the advocacy actions organized by the TB activists during the UN High-Level Week in New York City (18-22 September 2023) can be learned and seen here and here (plenty of photo and video assets).
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