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Health ministers, NGOs, and private sector representatives from 120 countries adopted the Moscow Declaration at the recently held first WHO Global Ministerial Conference.
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WHO Global Ministerial Conference.
The 1st WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB in Sustainable Development Era’ was held at Moscow, Russia. The Ministerial and High-Level meetings offer participating nations the potential to strengthen and energise the discourse on TB and are perhaps the biggest window for global action on TB in the foreseeable future
The top thematic priorities of this conference based on the SDGs and the UNGA high-level health themes include Universal Health Coverage, Increased and Sustainable Financing and Scientific Research and Innovation.
- The Moscow declaration emphasised the need for fixing multi-sectoral responsibility towards ending TB by 2035, which is the global target.
- The participants also committed to eliminating additional deaths from HIV co-infection by 2020 and achieving synergy in coordinated action against TB and non-communicable diseases.
- India is a signatory to the Moscow declaration
- Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also organised a side event at the conference on ‘Ending TB: Our Promise to Our People’ assisted by Global Coalition against TB.
SOURCE-PIB, The Economic Times.