Eric Goosby was recently named to serve as the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Tuberculosis.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Goosby has an ideal background for his new position, including extensive experience in both diplomacy and global health.
WHO reports the health community has made gains in the fight against tuberculosis, but says the disease is still a serious health concern. It anticipates collaborating with Goosby to continue the fight against TB, including increasing awareness campaign efforts and reaching new, ambitious targets set at the World Health Assembly in 2014 to limit the disease's impact.
The World Health Assembly’s “End TB Strategy” seeks to eradicate the disease. The program's goal is to reduce tuberculosis deaths by 9 percent between 2015 and 2035. Health professionals also hope to decrease new TB cases by 90 percent during that 20-year period. A third goal is to ensure families do not accumulate significant debt for Tuberculosis treatments.
The strategy outlines interim markers that must be reached by 2020 and 2025. The plan also has targeted “sustainable development goals” to reach by 2030. These step-by-step guidelines should keep the program on track.
WHO will serve as secretariat to support Goosby with logistic, strategic and administrative assistance.