IDSA participated in the first WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB last month in Moscow, an event that brought together 1,000 participants including ministers of health and finance and civil society representatives from across the globe. The Moscow Declaration adopted by delegations attending the conference includes a commitment to concerted action toward ending tuberculosis by 2030. Actions will include scaled-up TB case-finding, research and development of new drug regimens, better diagnostics, and a safe and effective vaccine as well as patient-centered care and policies. The declaration is widely viewed as an important precursor to the United Nations High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis scheduled for September 2018.
An announcement by the so-called BRICS countries--Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa--about the creation of a collaborative research institute on tuberculosis was viewed as an important initiative to spur the development of new tools for TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment. IDSA offered comments (PDF) on the Moscow Declaration, many of which were incorporated into the final document, and will be engaged over the coming year to ensure that the United States government and the UN General Assembly provide leadership and resources to tackle the world’s leading infectious disease killer.
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