25-26 October 2018, Astana, Kazakhstan - The United Nations Member States unanimously agreed to the Declaration of Astana, vowing to strengthen their primary health care systems as an essential step toward achieving universal health coverage. The Stop TB Partnership attended the conference the Global Conference on Primary Health Care on 25-26 October in Astana, Kazakhstan, co-hosted by WHO, UNICEF and the Government of Kazakhstan.
The Stop TB Partnership received an Honorary Medal from the Kazakhstan Minister of Health Yelzhan Birtanov for outstanding achievements in the fight against TB and the close collaboration between the Partnership and the Government of Kazakhstan.
Dr Lucica Ditiu and the Head of Health Management Almaty Kanat Tossekbayev signed a Declaration of Intent whereby Almaty joined the global "Zero TB Cities" initiative. By signing the declaration, Almaty joined Balti (Moldova), Odesa (Ukraine), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Tbilisi (Georgia) in developing efficient and sustainable city models of HIV/TB responses that would allow reducing AIDS and TB mortalities for key populations in the European and Central Asia Region (EECA). Read more here.