Laying the foundation for an ambitious Global Plan 2016-2020

15 December 2014 - Geneva, Switzerland - TB technical experts and civil society representatives from eight country groups, as well as experts from WHO and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, met today to lay the foundation for an ambitious Global Plan to Stop TB 2016-2020.

The participants are providing national TB data to develop scale-up scenarios for eight different disease and health systems settings. This three-day workshop will form the basis for assessing the potential impact and cost needed to meet the 2020 milestones for the End TB Strategy.

The first draft of the Global Plan will be shared for consultation in the second quarter of 2015.

Since its creation in 2001, the Stop TB Partnership has issued five and ten-year global plans to provide a road map for concerted global action, and to provide an estimate for the resources needed to achieve the goals the world has set.

The next Global Plan to Stop TB 2016 - 2020 will outline what it takes to set the world on the right track to reach the goals set in the post-2015 Global TB Strategy. The Plan will cover the ground between the long perspective of the post-2015 strategy and the focus of the plans that countries will develop. It will outline the changes that are needed, the different packages of interventions to be scaled up in different environments, and the costs involved in order to reduce global TB disease patterns. It will stake out a clear direction for global action to achieve this. It will provide a large-scale, costed blue-print for how global TB efforts can become significantly more ambitious and effective over the next five years on the road towards the 2035 targets.

The outcomes of this meeting will also inform the future work and discussions around the new Global Fund Strategy 2017-2021 as well as the Global Fund replenishment 2017-2019.