Sustainable Development Goals and the WHO End TB Strategy

At the United Nations General Assembly meeting in September 2015, 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were established to build upon the success of the Millennium Development Goals put forth in 2000.  The SDGs set the bar high on many significant issues ranging from global health to climate change.  They also called for an end to the TB epidemic by 2030 – an ambitious but achievable goal if all stakeholders agree to work together to obtain the necessary resources and will to do so.

Prior to the release of the SDGs, WHO put forward its aggressive End TB Strategy with the goal of ending the global TB epidemic by 2030.

The WHO strategy brings together critical interventions to ensure that all people with TB have equal access to high-quality diagnosis treatment, care and prevention, without facing catastrophic expenses or social repercussions.  The WHO notes that it is critical to recognize that driving down TB deaths and illness will depend on countries taking a lead role in addressing the key obstacles before them and work to break these barriers for increased access.