Dr. Harsh Vardhan appointed as Chairman of ‘Stop TB Partnership Board’

Highlights:

  • The Union Health Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, has been appointed as the chairman of “Stop TB Partnership Board” on March 18, 2021.
  •  This appointment was made to recognise his outstanding contribution towards the movement of eradicating Tuberculosis (TB) from India by 2025.
  • He will be serving the global body for a three-year term from July 2021.
  • It is an international body which is having the power to align the nations to fight against TB.
  • 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 TB.
  • The body works with the vision of a “TB-free world”.
Stop TB Partnership Board: A Fact File
  • Stop TB Partnership was established in 2000.
  • The body has been mandated to eliminate Tuberculosis 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 countries which is having the highest burden of TB.
  • The body has 1500 partner organizations including the international, non-governmental and governmental organizations. It is based at Geneva, Switzerland.
India’s commitment against TB:
  • India has committed to eliminating TB 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 TB Elimination for the year 2017-2025.
  • It highlights the ambitious agenda and targets of ending TB Strategy.