The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, has been appointed as the chairman of ‘Stop TB Partnership Board’ on 18th March 2021. This appointment was made to recognise his outstanding contribution towards the movement of eradicating TB (Tuberculosis) from India by 2025. Harsh Vardhan will be serving the global body for a 3-year term from July 2021.

Stop TB Partnership

The international body which is having the power to align the countries to fight against Tuberculosis. The body observes the participation of a wide range of constituencies which provides credibility to this body. With the participation of several constituencies, the body gets a broad range of medical, social and financial expertise which is required to defeat Tuberculosis. The body works with the vision of a “TB-free world”.

Backdrop

To Stop TB Partnership was established in the year 2000. The body has been mandated to eliminate TB as a public health problem. The organization was established after the meeting of First Session of Ad Hoc Committee on Tuberculosis Epidemic which was held in London in 1998. The organisation called for collaborative action from ministerial delegations through the Amsterdam Declaration. The ministerial delegations were to be participate from the 20 nations which is having the highest burden of TB. The body has 1500 partner organizations including the international, non-governmental and governmental organizations. Stop TB Partnership is based at Geneva, Switzerland.

India’s commitment against TB

India has committed to eliminating Tuberculosis by 2025. India’s deadline is five years ahead of global deadline of 2030. The Government has also out forward the National Strategic Plan for Tuberculosis Elimination for 2017-2025. It highlights the ambitious agenda and targets of ending Tuberculosis Strategy.

Harsh Vardhan Chairman of Stop TB Partnership Board