UPDATE: Dr. Tedros received a hard copy of the statement with 86 signatories on 17 November. He agreed with civil society’s four points and discussed in relation to the statement:
Having a civil society/community member open the conference
Having targets be numbers, not percentages that can be manipulated
Having targets at country level – including on R&D
The need for an independent accountability mechanism that isn’t solely WHO
Report of the Informal Consultation Meeting of Civil Society Participants of the WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB with Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO 16 & 17 November 2017: Moscow
Download the complete statement with signatories.
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Each year, advocates, affected community members, researchers, scientists, academics, private sector companies, and government representatives gather for the biggest tuberculosis-related conference in the world – The Union World Conference on Lung Health , which this year took place from October 11-14 in Guadalajara, Mexico. It is a time for those working in tuberculosis (TB) from across the globe to present their newest findings, discuss the political challenges in fighting this disease, and work together to find ways forward.
This year’s Union Conference had an unprecedented tone – a combination of optimism, anticipation and a sense of urgency. The TB community is looking forward to two immensely important and influential high-level meetings that are expected to take place before the next Union Conference convenes in The Hague in 2018: first up is the Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB hosted by the WHO and taking place in November of this year in Moscow, ...