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Global meet in Delhi on March 13 to fast-track End-TB effort

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NEW DELHI: Building on the momentum being created globally to end tuberculosis, the world’s top infectious killer disease, leaders from across the globe are converging on New Delhi for an End-TB-Summit beginning March 13, 2018, to review ongoing efforts and accelerate action to attain the 2030 End TB goal.

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, will inaugurate the Delhi End TB Summit 2018  organized by the Government of India, the World Health Organization and the Stop TB Partnership.

The WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, the Stop TB Partnership’s Executive Director, Dr Lucica Ditiu and Global Fund’s Executive Director, Peter Sands, would be among the prominent health leaders at the meeting.   

The health ministers of a number of countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh, South Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan, Peru and Brazil are also expected to participate.  

TB was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable. Over 10 million people contract TB every year. WHO South-East Asia Region, which hosts about one-fourth of the global population, shares a disproportionate 46% global TB disease burden.  

The Summit will build on the Delhi Call to Action adopted by member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region in March 2017, and the WHO Global Ministerial Conference “Ending TB in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response,” held in Moscow in November last year.

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