The End TB Strategy
Ending TB is not just a public health problem, but a development challenge and opportunity. WHO’s post-2015 End TB Strategy, adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2014, aims to end the global TB epidemic as part of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals.
It serves as a blueprint for countries to reduce TB incidence by 80% , TB deaths by 90%, and to eliminate catastrophic costs for TB-affected households by 2030. The Strategy is not a “one size fits all” approach and its success depends on adaptation for diverse country settings.
“Implementing the End TB Strategy: The Essentials” serves as an operational guide for countries on how to implement the Strategy and end the TB epidemic. It also provides some early examples of how countries are transitioning to the End TB Strategy. The Essentials emphasize that transitioning from “stopping TB” to “ending the TB epidemic” will call for major transformations in national TB control efforts. The End TB Strategy combines a holistic mix of health and social interventions. In order to end the TB epidemic, countries will need to strengthen their health and social sectors by achieving universal health coverage and social protection, which are also emphasized within the framework of the new SDG agenda.
80%drop in new TB cases by 2030End TB Strategy
90%drop in people dying of TB by 2030End TB fact sheet
100%of TB-affected families protected from catastrophic costs by 2030End TB brochure
Global TB strategy with ambitious targets accepted
The World Health Assembly passed a resolution in May 2014 approving with full support the new post-2015 End TB Strategy with its ambitious targets.
The resolution calls on governments to adapt and implement the strategy with high-level commitment and financing. It focuses on serving populations highly vulnerable to infection and poor health care access, such as migrants. The strategy and resolution both highlight the need to engage partners within the health sector and beyond, such as in the fields of social protection, labour, immigration and justice.
WHO will monitor the implementation of the strategy and evaluate progress towards the milestones and the 2035 targets.
“Tuberculosis kills five thousand people every day. The social and economic impacts are devastating, including poverty, stigma and discrimination. While the world has committed to ending the TB epidemic by 2030, actions and investments don’t match the political rhetoric. We need a dynamic, global, multisectoral approach. The good news is that we finally have two great opportunities to move forward: the first WHO Global Ministerial Conference to End TB in Moscow in 2017, followed by the first UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on TB in 2018. These will build momentum, get different sectors engaged, and accelerate our efforts to make TB history."
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General