End TB Summit – Prime Ministerial Inaugural Session
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General of the World Health Organization
Your Excellency Prime Minister Modi, excellencies, ministers, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
First of all I would like to thank the Government of India for hosting us. There is nowhere more significant to hold this meeting than here in India.
The government of India has committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal targets to end TB by 2025 – five years ahead of the global target, with a bold, ambitious and courageous plan.
India has provided financial and nutritional support to patients, and has fully funded the plan, currently a fourfold increase compared to the last five years. That’s why I said this is the right place to have this event.
I would also like to personally thank Prime Minister Modi for giving TB his personal as well as his political commitment. This is needed for the challenging task to implement the plan.
India is taking enormous and bold steps to win the war against TB. This will be a critical contribution to win the war globally.
Now we’re witnessing an increased and unprecedented political commitment to end TB globally.
We saw it in Moscow in November, when President Putin committed to engage globally to end TB.
And we will see it again in September, when Heads of State will gather at the UN High-Level Meeting in New York.
Today I am proud be here to launch END TB CAMP, a joint initiative between WHO and the Stop TB Partnership.
CAMP stands for Commitments, Accountable actions to accelerate access and Measurable Progress.
WHO and the Stop TB Partnership are calling for leaders and partners from all sectors to make bold and specific commitments, as India is making today.
We need increased investment in research, with specific initiatives to fund research and development for new diagnostics, drugs and vaccines.
Together, we aim to reach 40 million people with quality TB treatment by 2023.
Our vision is that no one with TB will miss out on the care they need.
WHO will stand by India, and by every country that decides TB has no place in its future.
Thank you. Dhanyavaad. TB harega desh jeetega. TB will lose and the country will win.