United to End Tuberculosis an Urgent Global Response to a Global Epidemic


26 September 2018

The Stop TB Partnership at the UN High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis (TB)

Heads of State and Government endorse the UN Political Declaration on TB

The big day arrived - World Leaders endorsed the UN Political Declaration on TB with the most ambitious TB commitments made to date, agreeing to diagnose and successfully treat 40 million people with TB by end of 2022 and to provide 30 million people with preventive treatment by 2022 to protect them from developing TB.

The opening segment followed by a plenary session at which Heads of State and top-level ministers, many from high TB-burden countries, addressed the world about the dire state of TB in their country, appealing for the world to take note. As 1, 6 million die every year from the disease, the world will now have to step up and take bold action.

"We need new tools for TB as well as universal health coverage because those who are most affected by TB are those who have most difficulty accessing health care, “ said South Africa President, Cyril Ramaphosa.

“You must act now. Your declaration will make a difference only if it is backed by actions. For those that need care, scientific progress must reach all those who need it quickly”, said Nandita Venkatesan, a business journalist and TB survivor from India, who spoke at the opening session on behalf of people affected by TB. Ms Venkatesan, who lost her hearing during her treatment, received a two-minute ovation for her powerful remarks.

Mr. Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, told the High-Level Meeting: "Three years ago when all UN member states adopted the SDGs, they pledged to end TB worldwide in 15 years. As 2030 approaches, progress is trending short of that goal. A higher degree of political leadership and more concrete actions are required if we hope to accelerate progress".

26 September 2018


The Hemsley Building in New York City, Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guang Zhou, Tianjin and Hangzhou, light up in red for the UN HLM on TB on 26 September, joined by the Holy Rosary Parish Church and Museo ning in Angelese, Philippines.

25 September

The Stop TB Partnership along with key TB stakeholders, partners, civil society, communities, journalists and celebrities maintained a key presence during the week and hosted other side events taking place.

Getting to know you - a boat trip around the Hudson River

On the morning of 25 September, the stars, celebrities and TB ambassadors that Stop TB invited to New York, woke up early for a sightseeing boat trip around the Hudson to get to know each other and catch sight of some of the famous and iconic landmarks of New York.

Leaving from Chelsea Piers the TB stars were soon grabbing selfies with the Statue of Liberty, and observing Ellis Island, the historic gateway for over 12 million arrivals to America and a dramatic source of TB infection to the country in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Stars were soon talking TB action and filling each other in on their own personal stories for joining the global fight against TB.

25 September 2018

Our Night with the Stars

New York glittered with stars as The Stop TB Partnership gathered more than 200 leaders in global health, TB survivors, journalists, National TB Ambassadors, and celebrities to provide a platform to amplify collective voices in calling for urgent political action, to share lessons and push for change.

The evening, co-hosted by the Stop TB Partnership, USAID, the Permanent Missions of Brazil, France and Zambia to the United Nations, provided a unique platform to amplify the collective voice and call for urgent political action, share lessons and push for long overdue change. Celebrities, from over 20 countries, shared their support with the TB community and took to the stage to perform.

H.E. Aisha Buhari, the Wife of the President of Nigeria applauded TB survivors as the “real heroes. You are the reason we are all here tonight to celebrate you and your tremendous efforts to overcome this terrible disease.”

TB survivor Melquiades Huauya Ore’s touching story was shown on the big screen, introducing the Peruvian to the stage, joined by Dr Paul Farmer and Jim Kim, President of the World Bank. The two physicians treated and cured Melquiades after a bold and determined fight for life.

Performance of Uganda star Bebe Cool with whom our Executive Director Dr Lucica Ditiu dared a few dance steps on stage!

“I witnessed so many deaths because of TB in Uganda and even in my own family. When I received the call to support the cause of TB I was so proud. I call on all of you with the power to put the necessary funds and end this horrible disease. Extra funding, extra funding, and more funding! This is what we need,” said Bebe Cool.

23 September 2018

TB Innovation Summit - Our Journey to End TB Begins Now

In the lead-up to the UNHLM on TB, the Stop TB Partnership, Johnson & Johnson, UN Foundation, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and the World Economic Forum co-hosted a solutions-oriented TB Innovation Summit.
The event convened a unique mix of leaders from the private and public sector, including TB survivors, academics, civil society and community leaders, donors, and technical partners, to discuss the important role that innovation can, and must, play in delivering the current tools we have today, developing the next generation of solutions we need for tomorrow, and, ultimately, driving progress toward our shared goal of ending TB.

"I call out for action against TB. I call out for my fellow TB survivors and all survivors elsewhere. You all have the knowledge and with that comes a responsibility to TB innovation," said Tamaryn Green, Miss South Africa 2018 and a TB survivor.

27 September 2018

The Future Started Already

Leaders of Indonesia, India and Maldives, together with partners from the private sector, multilateral organizations and donors, met to share country plans and experiences and ways to jointly accelerate ending TB.

People affected by TB, civil society and communities met the day after the UN HLM on TB to discuss concrete measure to turn words into actions.

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