Stop TB Partnership

TB Network commits to implementation of Nigeria's National TB Strategic Plan 2015-2020

10 January 2015 - Abuja, Nigeria - The Civil Society for the Eradication of Tuberculosis in Nigeria (TB-Network) emphasized its commitment in supporting the implementation of Nigeria's National TB Strategic Plan.

This was emphasized in a message by the National Programme Manger of the Network, Malam Abdur Razaq Dikko at the launch of the National TB Strategic Plan and National TB Prevalence Survey in November 2014 at the National Conference Centre, Abuja. He emphasized the commitments of civil society in collaborating and partnering with communities to ensure participation and ownership in TB care, treatment, prevention and control.

The vision will remain a "TB free Nigeria". Malam Dikko also said, "The national strategic work plan (2015-2020) will provide ample guide toward implementing the national and Stop TB strategies where community involvement and participation are key. He congratulated the National Programme, staff and the Federal Ministry of Health, State Ministries of Health and Local Government Health Departments for this wonderful achievement commending a landmark for identifying the real situation and plan to tackling the barriers and challenges in TB control in Nigeria.

The survey has revealed the actual burden of TB in the country as three times what was previously estimated. Nigeria is now the third highest TB burdened country in the world and first in the African Region owing to the current 16% TB case notification rate. The country's TB treatment gap has also became the highest accounting for 15% of the global gap. The survey also confirmed a worrisome situation with regards to drug-resistant TB.