Tuberculosis (TB)

Health ministers to accelerate efforts against drug-resistant TB

Health ministers attending a ministerial meeting of high M/XDR-TB burden countries held in Beijing, China, 1-3 April 2009

2 APRIL 2009 | BEIJING -- Health ministers from countries with the greatest burdens of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) have agreed to a series of actions to accelerate efforts to halt and reverse the global epidemic of the disease.

Global leaders, including WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan and the Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Bill Gates, were joined by the Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China, Mr Li Keqiang, and ministers and high-level representatives of 27 countries with high burden, at a three-day meeting organized by WHO.

The governments present issued a Call for Action at the conclusion of the opening day of the meeting. The Call for Action, which was supported by senior representatives from international health and aid agencies and non-governmental organizations, asserts that all countries would move...