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United Nations, Sep 23: World leaders coming together at the United Nations General Assembly’s High-Principle Meeting to End Tuberculosis (TB) have approved a political declaration aimed at advancing the vision to end TB by 2030. This landmark publication sets ambitious new goals for the last five years. The target includes providing TB prevention and care services to 90 percent of TB people, providing social benefit groups to those affected by the disease, and licensing at least one new TB patient, Xinhua news agency reported. The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Dennis Francis, made a political declaration for the country’s presidency for all members in this draft, who will later be nominated by the General Assembly. He emphasized the shared objective of the meeting – to re-energize and accelerate progress toward eliminating TB, a third chronic disease that is still one of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases.
Despite remarkable evidence in fields as diverse as space storms and technology, TB remains a preventable and treatable disease that takes more than 4,400 lives every day. The persistence of the TB epidemic can be attributed to well-known features including poverty, and malnutrition, and is exacerbated by climate change and other threats such as climate change.
The COVID-19 pandemic has further escalated the narrative in the fight against TB, reversing years of progress and impacting people, particularly the most vulnerable populations, under enormous pressure.
UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed addressed realistic actions to address the major culprits of TB infection, including poverty, undernutrition, limited access to health care, high rates of insomnia, diabetes, mental health problems, and smoking. T.B. Reducing the stigma associated with HIV is important to ensure that individuals seek help without fear of discrimination.
Universal Health Products has requested a non-profit organization involved in TB testing, prevention, and treatment. Mohammed also shared his memories of the global fight against TB this week, citing his father’s death due to the disease 37 years ago. Ending tuberculosis is an achievable goal, dependent on political determination, financial investment, and international solidarity. The United Nations system stands ready to support all efforts in this direction, leaving no stone unturned until TB can be eliminated forever. According to World Health Organization data, TB is the second leading infectious killer globally, behind only 19, with an estimated 1.6 million cases in 2021 alone.