Step Up for TB 2020 Report
Step Up for TB 2020 summarises the findings of the 4th survey of national TB policies in the Step Up for TB series. This edition presents data on 37 countries, assessing the extent to which national policies align with international best practices based on World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and the latest scientific research. The survey examined policies related to diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and medicines procurement.
The results show that not enough countries are stepping up to update their national policies following the issuance of new WHO guidelines. Innovative products take years to reach the people who need them, reducing their impact. As a result, achievable global goals to reduce unnecessary sickness and death, and halt the spread of TB, remain unmet.
Our World TB Day Target
The Stop TB Partnership, MSF, and the global TB community call on all countries to update, implement, and fully finance their TB policies, bringing them in line with international guidelines in time for World TB Day on 24 March 2021.
Join our campaign by using the materials in this toolkit to ask political leaders to step up to achieve this goal. As committed activists, we are asking you to:
- Write to decision-makers to raise their awareness of outdated policies;
- Demand action, monitor progress, and hold governments accountable; and
- Promote and proactively engage in policy update processes
Template Letter to Send to Political Leaders
As the world continues to fight against the COVID-19 virus, I am writing to ask for your help in fighting another infectious killer. As you may know, tuberculosis (TB) is the world’s deadliest infectious disease. Although TB is preventable and curable, 1.4 million people still die from it every year, including [insert your country figures here].
The good news is that there are innovations that can help reduce TB-related sickness and death, and prevent TB from spreading. There are molecular tests that can diagnose TB accurately and rapidly, new medicines for preventing TB, and the latest TB drugs can vastly improve treatment, especially for drug-resistant forms of TB. However, many countries continue to miss opportunities to improve TB testing, treatment and prevention by using outdated TB policies, practices, and tools.
Step Up for TB 2020, a report by the Stop TB Partnership and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), surveyed 37 countries and found that many countries have yet to bring their TB policies and practices up to date. The report calls on countries to update their TB policies and practices so that they are in line with international standards, as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This is our best chance to reduce TB-related sickness, death, and the spread of TB.
In your capacity as a [Minister of Health / National TB Programme Manager / Member of Parliament], I kindly urge you to update and implement national TB policies to bring them into line with key international TB policies and recommendations, as identified in Step Up for TB 2020. I also encourage you to share updates on your progress with relevant stakeholders, including WHO, civil society, the Stop TB Partnership, and MSF. No one should die of TB because they weren’t able to access the latest recommended tests and treatments.
I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you further about how we can work together to make TB curable for everyone and reduce the terrible toll of this deadly disease.
Yours Sincerely, [YOUR NAME]
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Country and Regional Factsheets: These factsheets outline the progress of the 37 countries from Step Up for TB in adopting key policies. Click here.
Executive Summary Dashboard: This chart shows countries progress on 14 key TB policies. Click here.
Key Policies Checklist: This checklist outlines the key measures every country should put in place in order to reach the UN High-Level Meeting on TB targets. Click here.