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.
“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".
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.
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.
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.