October 30, 2013 – Activists stormed the stage at the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsored Stop TB Symposium during the 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health. TAG's TB project director Colleen Daniels called for global action and a new global attitude in the fight against TB.
In 2012, a group of activists, researchers, clinicians, implementers, policy makers, and foundation and government staff, tired of unambitious global tuberculosis (TB) targets for reducing disease burden, met in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During the three-day meeting, they developed a new global TB strategy founded on three key realities:
- TB is preventable and curable.
- The main driver of today’s unnecessary TB deaths, new TB infections, suffering, and stigma is lack of political will.
- Every country in the world has the potential to reach the goal of zero TB deaths, zero new TB infections, and zero TB suffering and stigma.
The Zeroes Campaign calls for global action and a new global attitude in the fight against TB. Over 500 individuals and organizations have already signed on and are committed to achieving zero TB deaths, zero new TB infections, and zero TB suffering and stigma, and in 2012 the campaign was endorsed as a strategy by the Stop TB Partnership. South Africa’s National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB: 2012–2016 also calls for zero TB deaths, new infections, and discrimination.
Coming Soon – foundational work to map and model what it will take in terms of case finding, prevention, treatment, diagnosis, care, monitoring and evaluation, and funding to reduce new TB deaths, infections, stigma, and suffering as rapidly as possible.