First-ever UN High Level Meeting on ending tuberculosis (TB) scheduled for 26 Sept.

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The United Nations General Assembly first-ever high-level meeting on tuberculosis (TB) has been scheduled to take place in New York on 26 September 2018.

The gathering of Heads of State is to accelerate efforts in ending TB and reach all affected people with prevention and care.

Registration is now open for the first-ever UN High Level Meeting. The high-level meeting will consist of an opening segment, a plenary segment for general discussion, two multi-stakeholder panels and a brief closing segment. However, the agenda for the meeting is yet to be made public.

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According to reports available on WHO official website, 53 million lives were saved through effective diagnosis and treatment between the 2000 and 2016.

On the other hand, 490 000 people developed multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the world in 2016, an additional 110 000 people with rifampicin-resistant TB also required second line treatment in 2016.

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A total of 2.3 billion US dollars per year is needed to fill resource gap for implementing existing TB interventions, the report said.

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