Key Ask 1: Closing gaps on diagnosis, treatment and prevention

The first ever United Nations High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Tuberculosis (TB) will convene in New York on 26 September. The theme is United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic. The meeting must generate action urgently needed to End TB. The Union is advocating for priority actions countries should implement.

The HLM will produce a political declaration on TB. The Union calls on UN member states to include five commitments within the declaration.

Key Ask 1: Closing gaps on diagnosis, treatment and prevention

The Union calls on UN member states to reach all people by closing gaps on TB diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Specifically:

  • Treat a cumulative 40 million people by 2022—including 3.5 million children and 1.5 million people with drug-resistant TB.
  • Diagnose and provide preventive therapy to a cumulative 80 million people by 2022—including nine million children exposed to TB.
  • Implement National Strategic Plans designed and evaluated based on progress toward ending TB at the national level, with targets for testing, treatment and prevention.

How The Union is helping close gaps on TB diagnosis, treatment and prevention:

In Zimbabwe, The Union team has launched its third year of targeted active TB screening in high risk communities. These include children under five, elderly people, people living with HIV, miners, those in close contact with people with TB and people living in crowded communities.

The aim is to identify people with active TB disease early and ensure they received the necessary treatment and care, to ensure they get well, and to prevent further transmission of the disease. Clients are also screened for HIV and diabetes as these are important co-morbidities driving the TB epidemic in Zimbabwe.

The Union Zimbabwe office works closely with the National TB Programme.

Photo above shows Constance was living with HIV when she developed MDR-TB, and received treatment for both at one of the Union-supported clinics providing integrated TB-HIV care in Zimbabwe. Image credit: Dasha Burns

More examples of Union work on Key Ask 1: