Gear up to end TB: Introducing the end TB Strategy
AbstractIn 2015, we stand at a crossroads as the United Nations move to assess final achievements towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to define the next Sustainable Development Goals. Integral to this transition, the world community is launching a dramatically accelerated fight against tuberculosis (TB) and for those most affected by it: the poorest, most vulnerable, socially marginalized and inequitably served. TB is a public health scourge, a health security threat and a development challenge. The World Health Organization's new and holistic strategy approved by the World Health Assembly of 194 Member States in 2014 places patients and communities at the heart of the response. Here is an introduction to the End TB Strategy. We are thankful for the deep engagement of a wide array of partners in developing the strategy and targets: ministries of health and other governmental authorities, civil society representatives, development and public health experts, and researchers. We are all committed to support the robust roll-out of the Strategy. The time to gear up and to act is now. To end TB, we depend on your engagement.
World Health Organization. (2015). Gear up to end TB: Introducing the end TB Strategy. World Health Organization. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/156394