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(Panel 1) High-level meeting on the fight against…

(Panel 1) High-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis - General Assembly, 78th session

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The high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis will focus on the theme: "Advancing science, finance and innovation, and their benefits, to urgently end the global tuberculosis epidemic, in particular by ensuring equitable access to prevention, testing, treatment and care".
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Panel 1: Accelerating multisectoral actions and accountability to ensure equitable high quality people-centered tuberculosis care, and addressing determinants of tuberculosis in the context of universal health coverage

  • Given persisting gaps in access to TB prevention and treatment services, how can we ensure that all people with TB are reached with the latest WHO-recommended rapid diagnosis, prevention and care?
  • How can we build on lessons learnt from the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to strengthen and transform the TB response to be resilient and resistant to shocks?
  • What are some of the key strategies to strengthen partnerships across sectors to streamline a comprehensive response to the TB epidemic, for example, between private, public sectors in health, or between health and non-health sectors?
  • How can meaningful and active engagement of civil society be streamlined by governments to drive an effective, human rights-based and people centered national TB response?
  • How can the main drivers of the TB epidemic be addressed through action beyond the health sector, across the Sustainable Development agenda? 

Co-chairs: ▪ H.E. Mr. Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Minister of Health of Indonesia ▪ H.E. Ms. Karina Rando, Minister of Public Health of Uruguay

The meeting will bring together Member States and their delegations including Heads-of-State and other leaders, ministers from relevant ministries, representatives such as parliamentarians, mayors and governors of cities and states with a high burden of tuberculosis, representatives of civil society, including non-governmental organizations and indigenous leadership community organizations and faith-based organizations, academia, philanthropic foundations, the private sector and networks representing people affected by tuberculosis. 

The objective of the meeting is to undertake a comprehensive review of the achievement of agreed tuberculosis goals at the national, regional and global levels contained in the 2018 political declaration, to identify gaps and solutions to accelerate progress towards ending the epidemic by 2030. 

Outcome: The high-level meeting shall approve a concise and action-oriented political declaration, agreed in advance by consensus through intergovernmental negotiations, to be submitted by the President of the General Assembly for adoption by the General Assembly.

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