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WHO welcomes appointment of UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis Dr Eric P. Goosby

Statement by WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan
21 January 2015

WHO welcomes the appointment of the new United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Tuberculosis (TB), Dr Eric P. Goosby, M.D.

Dr Goosby’s extensive and high-level experience in global health and diplomacy give him the perfect background for this critical role. Despite recent gains, tuberculosis remains a serious public health issue - fueled in part by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with antimicrobial resistance posing an ever-present threat to its control. WHO looks forward to working closely with Dr Goosby in our shared effort to raise the profile of the fight against TB and to attain the ambitious new targets agreed at last year’s World Health Assembly.

The “End TB Strategy” aims to end the global epidemic, with targets to reduce TB deaths by 95% and to cut new cases by 90% between 2015 and 2035, and to ensure that no family is burdened with catastrophic expenses due to TB. The strategy also includes targets that have been proposed for the future 2030 “sustainable development goals” and sets interim milestones for 2020 and 2025.

WHO will serve as Secretariat providing strategic, logistic and administrative support to Dr Goosby for his tuberculosis-related duties.

For more information please contact:

Ms Hannah Monica Dias
WHO Global Tuberculosis Programme
Telephone: +41 22 791 4695
Mobile: +41 79 477 0435
Email: diash@who.int

Mr Christian Lindmeier
WHO Communications
Telephone: +41 22 791 1948
Mobile: +41 79 500 6552
Email: lindmeierch@who.int