Stop TB Partnership Board meets to strengthen coordination, advocacy, scale up of the global TB efforts

14 July 2014 - Seattle, USA - The 25th Board meeting of the Stop TB Partnership will take important decisions on arrangements to strengthen its strategic effort, especially advocacy, post 2015 work and coordination efforts as well as the continuous engagement with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The meeting, which is hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at their Seattle office, will also hear about progress on work to change the language and messages for TB that would engage more people and generate more support for the fight against the disease in the current global environment.

At the 24th Board meeting in Cape Town, the Board decided to explore alternate hosting arrangements to WHO, and to present a costed proposal for alternate hosting arrangements to the Board at its next meeting. In Seattle, the Board will consider the proposal for a transition of the Partnership Secretariat hosting arrangement to UNOPS, as well as a costed road map for a transition. Currently, the Partnership Secretariat is hosted by WHO.

There will also be an update on the progress on the developments of the new Global Plan to Stop TB 2016-2020. The next Global Plan 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 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 Board will be updated on the progress in developing the plan.

Briefing documents for the Coordinating Board meeting are available on the Stop TB Partnership website. Decision points will be made available shortly after the meeting.

The Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board provides leadership and direction, monitors the implementation of agreed policies, plans and activities of the Partnership, and ensures coordination among Stop TB Partnership components.