World leaders commit to urgent action to end tuberculosis

02 October 2018

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World leaders meeting at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on 26 September 2018 have committed to ensuring that 40 million people with tuberculosis (TB) will receive the care they need by the end of 2022. It was also agreed that 30 million people would be given preventive treatment to protect them from developing TB.

Heads of state and government attending the first-ever UN high-level meeting on TB agreed to mobilise $13 billion a year by 2022 to implement TB prevention and care and $2 billion for research. They committed to take action against drug-resistant forms of the disease, build accountability and prioritise human rights issues such as the stigma that still prevails around TB in many parts of the world.

Source: WHO, 26 September 2018