FOR FOUR DAYS, THE ANCIENT CITY OF VARANASI (INDIA) BECOMES THE BRAIN AND HEART OF THE GLOBAL TB RESPONSE
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, is hosting the 36 th Stop TB Partnership Board Meeting.
First time ever, the Stop TB Board - which is co-branded with G20 Presidency, will be preceded by the High-Level Event “One World TB Summit” under the leadership of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi as the keynote speaker. With incredible leadership and vision, bold ambition and groundbreaking initiatives and interventions, India is leading the way to end TB globally.
Four days of high-octane activities will include:
On 23rd March: REACH India with USAID and Stop TB Partnership, will organize a unique event that will ensure TB Champions and TB survivors from India take the centre stage. Over 50 TB champions from across India will join the National TB Elimination Program on the eve of World TB Day and will share their critical contributions in the fight to end TB as well as the gaps and challenges that must be addressed to end TB in India by 2025. Communities are expected to release a collective vision entitles The Varanasi Statement, to capture the essence of this community mobilization and commitment.
On 24th March: The World TB Day (WTBD), the Government of India and Stop TB Partnership will host the high-level TB Summit “One World TB Summit.” The Summit keynote speech will be by the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi who will also launch multiple initiatives toward ending TB by 2025 in India.
On the 25th March: The Board Meeting will be inaugurated by the Chair Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Vice Chair Mr. Austin Obiefuna, Executive Director Afro Global Alliance. Affected Community and NGO Delegations to the Stop TB Partnership Board will take the stage to launch The Accountability Report of TB-affected Communities & Civil Society: Priorities to Close the Deadly Divide. With inputs from over 1200 TB-affected communities and civil society partners from over 92 countries, the 6 “calls to action” from the report provide a community perspective on progress against targets and priorities to end TB. The first day of the Board will include a forward-looking session “Making the Impossible – Possible” in which 1-2 years innovations in TB service delivery, data systems, digital health, diagnosis, treatment and care developed in India will be shared.
On 26th March: The Board will continue the deliberations on the continuation of the engagement for the success of the UNHLM on TB in September, to the funding of the TB Response – centred on the engagement with the Global Fund. There will be the finalization of the Board Governance Review that will reveal a unique structure in the global health with more than 50% of the voting members being from TB High Burden Countries. The Board Meeting will officially conclude on the same day.
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