The Stop TB Partnership, called the Stop TB Initiative at
the time of its inception, was established in 1998. Its aim is to
realize the goal of eliminating TB as a public health problem and,
ultimately, to obtain a world free of TB. It comprises a network of
international organizations, countries, donors from the public and
private sectors, governmental and nongovernmental organizations and
individuals that have expressed an interest in working together to
achieve this goal.
The Stop TB Initiative was established following the meeting of the
First ad hoc Committee on the Tuberculosis Epidemic held in
London in March 1998.
The Stop TB Initiative produced the Amsterdam Declaration to Stop TB in
March 2000, a defining moment in the restructuring of global efforts to
control TB, which called for action from ministerial delegations of 20
countries with the highest burden of TB. The World Health Assembly the
same year (2000) endorsed the establishment of a Global Partnership to
Stop TB and two targets for 2005: to diagnose 70% of all people with
infectious TB, and to cure 85% of those diagnosed.
Partners came together at the First Stop TB Partners' Forum
held in Washington
in October 2001 to launch the Global Plan to Stop TB - the overarching
framework of the Stop TB Partnership's combined actions. The Second Stop
TB Partners' Forum, held in New Delhi in March 2004, produced the New
Delhi Pledge which reaffirmed ministerial commitments to meet the 2005
targets and to frame a second global plan for guiding Partnership
efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals targets for TB by
Principles and values
Shared values facilitate achievement of our shared goal. Working
together in partnership is both a challenge and an opportunity. The
challenge is to work cooperatively towards a common goal, without
renouncing our independence and individual mandates and priorities. The
opportunity we gain is to learn from one another, and evolve
accordingly. Our commitment is to act now - for all, through collective
action - and into the future.
Almost two million people continue to die every year from a disease that
has been treatable and preventable for more than half a century. Such a
situation is unjust and incomprehensible. We share a commitment to
urgent action, which must be supported by a massive increase in
TB is a disease of the disadvantaged. We share a commitment to reducing
the social and economic inequities that increase vulnerability to
infection and disease, reduce access to treatment and lead to
disparities in quality of care.
TB recognizes no national borders - control and eventual elimination of
TB is a global public good and the shared responsibility of all members
of the global community. All partners and nations therefore have a
responsibility to make efficient, effective and equitable use of the
resources available to them, and are individually accountable for their
We welcome all those who share the vision, mission and values of the
Global Partnership to Stop TB - individuals and organizations, public
and private, rich and poor.
Recognizing the diversity of mandates and priorities of each individual
partner, we function through a process of consensus to corporately reach
agreement on priorities and best practice. The partnership acts in a
coordinated manner based on the comparative strengths of individual
Elimination of TB as a global public health problem will not be achieved
in the near future. We share a commitment to effective and sustained
action, and emphasize strengthening national capacity.
The global TB epidemic continually provides new challenges. Stop TB is a
dynamic, loose and evolving partnership, seeking to develop innovative
mechanisms that support effective and concerted action.
Our vision is a TB-free world: the first children born this millennium
will see TB eliminated in their lifetime.
Stop TB is a global movement to accelerate social and
political action to stop the unnecessary spread of TB around the world.
• By 2005: 70% of people with infectious TB will be diagnosed and 85% of
• By 2015: the global burden of TB disease (deaths and prevalence) will
be reduced by 50% relative to 1990 levels.
• By 2050: The global incidence of TB disease will be less than 1 per
million population. (Elimination of TB as a global public
• To ensure that every TB patient has access to effective diagnosis,
treatment and cure.
• To stop transmission of TB.
• To reduce the inequitable social and economic toll of TB.
• To develop and implement new preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic
tools and strategies to stop TB.
In order to achieve our mission and make our vision a reality, the Stop
TB Partnership has set the following goals:
• Promote wider and
wiser use of existing strategies to interrupt TB transmission by:
o Increasing access to accurate diagnosis and effective treatments by
accelerating DOTS implementation to
achieve the global targets for TB control; and
Increasing the availability, affordability and quality of anti-TB drugs.
• "Derive strategies
to address the challenges posed by emerging threats by:
Adapting DOTS to prevent and manage MDR-TB, and to reduce the impact of
elimination of TB, by:
research and development for new TB drugs, diagnostics and vaccines; and
adoption of new and improved tools by ensuring appropriate use, access
WHO has a dual role in the Stop TB Partnership. As a
leading agency in the partnership, WHO provides guidance on global
policy and has permanent representation in the Stop TB Coordinating
Board. WHO is also the housing institution of the Stop TB Partnership
Secretariat, which benefits from the mechanisms of WHO. The secretariat
follows the rules and regulations of WHO for its administrative,
financial and human resources management, subject, if necessary, to the
adaptations which might be required in order to meet the particular
needs of the Stop TB Partnership.
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