Heads of State gathered in New York on 26 September 2018 at the United Nations General Assembly first-ever high-level meeting on tuberculosis (TB) to accelerate efforts to end TB and reach all affected people with prevention and care. The meeting – United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic – was a tremendous and unprecedented step forward by governments and all partners engaged in the fight against TB. It followed on from a successful Ministerial Conference on Ending TB in Moscow last year which resulted in high-level commitments from Ministers and other leaders from 120 countries to accelerate progress in ending TB.
FIND was involved in two events that took place on the sidelines of the high-level meeting:
Affected communities, multilateral organizations, government representatives and other key stakeholders met to discuss the current challenges, gaps and opportunities that will translate political commitments to end the TB and HIV epidemics into reality – and how this must be a shared endeavour. FIND CEO, Catharina Boehme, was on the expert panel to talk about the important role diagnostics play in the fight against this disease.
This panel explored effective ways to apply groundbreaking innovations to the frontlines of the battle against TB. FIND Head of TB, Claudia Denkinger, spoke at this event and later represented several Public development and delivery partnerships (1:25:10 to 1:27:30) during the multi-stakeholder panel.