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Stop TB Partnership

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.

History
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 D.C. 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 2015.

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.

Urgency: 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 resources.

Equity: 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.

Shared responsibility: 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 actions.

Inclusiveness: 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.

Consensus: 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 partners.

Sustainability: 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.

Dynamism: 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.

Vision, Mission and Goals

Vision
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.

Targets
By 2005: 70% of people with infectious TB will be diagnosed and 85% of them cured.
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    health problem.)

Mission
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.

Goals
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
             o Increasing the availability, affordability and quality of anti-TB drugs.

  "Derive strategies to address the challenges posed by emerging threats by:
             o Adapting DOTS to prevent and manage MDR-TB, and to reduce the impact of HIV-related TB.

  Accelerate elimination of TB, by:

o        promoting research and development for new TB drugs, diagnostics and vaccines; and

o        promoting adoption of new and improved tools by ensuring appropriate use, access and affordability.

WHO Housing Arrangement
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.

For further details about Stop TB Partnership please visit website http://www.stoptb.org