Unite to end TB: international meeting for ending TB, New Delhi, India, 21 March 2016
AbstractThe WHO SEA Region is home to 26% of the world's population and accounts for 41% of the global burden in terms of TB incidence. Tuberculosis affects the most economically productive age group of 15-49 years and remains one of the largest causes of morbidity and mortality amongst SEAR Member Countries. SEA Region has achieved Millennium Development Goals of halving and reversing the TB incidence, halving the 1990 level of TB prevalence and mortality rates. The year 2016 also marks the beginning of implementation of the WHO End TB strategy based on the principles and targets enshrined in the World Health Assembly resolution WHA67.1. On 21 March 2016, the government of India in collaboration with WHO/SEARO held high a level meeting called "Fast tracking access to quality diagnosis and treatment International Meeting for Ending TB" in New Delhi and observed the World TB Day 2016 at this high level meeting. This international meeting reinforced leadership commitment for Ending TB in the region through bolder policy announcement and launching new initiatives. Member countries deliberated on the fast tracking TB decline and moving towards Ending TB in the region through renewed political commitment, bolder policies, enhanced partnership and community engagement.
Regional Office for South-East Asia, World Health Organization. (2016). Unite to end TB: international meeting for ending TB, New Delhi, India, 21 March 2016. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/250301