Statements and messages for World TB Day
UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
"We are currently seeing both the fruits of global action to control TB and the lethal nature of the disease's ongoing burden. Almost 60 per cent of TB cases worldwide are detected, and out of those, the vast majority are cured. Over the past decade, 26 million patients have been placed on effective TB treatment thanks to the efforts of governments and a wide range of partners."
- Secretary-General calls for scaled up action to combat tuberculosis
Signing ceremony on the "Call to Stop TB"
WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan
"We need to tackle this problem as part of the larger challenge of increasing access to primary health care services. All people no matter who they are where they live should have access to TB diagnosis and treatment as part of a package of general health services that bring multiple health benefits."
UN Deputy-Secretary-General, Dr Asha-Rose Migiro
"The Secretary-General has signed the Call (to Stop TB), as have many other world leaders. I hope yet more will do the same. But we must give life to the pledge we have signed. We must fully implement the Global Plan to Stop TB, 2006-2015. If we do, we will save millions of lives. And we will make it possible to develop urgently needed new TB drugs, diagnostics and vaccines that are essential to eliminating TB. Let us ensure we are equal to that mission, with all the political will and resources it requires."
UN Special Envoy to Stop TB, Dr Jorge Sampaio
Statement to be released after World TB Day.
- Audio file: interview between the UN Special Envoy to Stop TB, Dr Jorge Sampaio, and UN Messenger of Peace, Anna Cataldi.
UNAIDS interview (21 March 2007)
UNAIDS, Executive Director, Dr Peter Piot
"In the last year we have seen unprecedented collaboration between the TB and HIV communities, but much more is needed if we are to achieve our goal of universal access to quality TB and HIV prevention, diagnostic, treatment and care services."
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Executive Director, Sir Richard Feachem
“More than 1 million people are alive today thanks to the hard work of national tuberculosis programs who receive Global Fund resources and are supported by strong partners like the World Health Organization, Stop TB Partnership, the Global Drug Facility and the Green Light Committee. However, TB still kills 1.6 million people each year. We must step up the fight by mobilizing even more resources in order to expand and improve the quality of existing programs to treat both ordinary and drug resistant TB, and to make greater investments in HIV/TB co-infection interventions.”
UNFPA Executive Director/UN Under-Secretary-General, Ms Thoraya Ahmed Obaid
"Tuberculosis is taking a heavy toll on women, affecting them in the prime of their lives, threatening their health security and that of their families. We at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) call on all countries to scale up TB diagnosis and treatment, especially as a key component of reproductive and maternal health services."
World Bank, Vice President for Human Development, Joy Phumaphi
"Given the world's commitment to halve TB deaths by 2015, the development community must do more to better finance TB control interventions, and the health systems necessary to reduce the deadly impact of this disease and others. While welcoming progress in better TB detection and treatment in a growing number of countries, the World Bank is re-doubling its efforts to help poor countries strengthen their health systems as its best contribution to combating TB worldwide, while encouraging donors to commit to long-term predictable donor assistance for health. In this way, the Bank is committed to help developing countries achieve better TB results in Africa and other regions that are not currently on track to meet their 2015 TB goals, a task complicated by TB's co-epidemic association with HIV and AIDS, and the emergence of extensively drug-resistant forms of the disease."
UN Messenger of Peace, Anna Cataldi and collaborator on the World Free of TB Photo Exhibition at UN headquarters, New York
Statement to be released after World TB Day