SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

European leaders support Riga Declaration against TB and MDR-TB

European leaders support Riga Declaration against TB and MDR-TB | Courtesy of tbcoalition.eu
European leaders of the Tuberculosis Europe Coalition (TBEC) recently convened at the first Eastern Partnership Ministerial Conference on Tuberculosis (TB) and Its Multidrug-Resistance (MDR-TB) to approve the Riga Declaration against the illnesses.

Those attending the meeting included European Union (EU) leaders and representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Commission for Disease Control, the Stop TB Partnership, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.

“This meeting and the subsequent signing of this declaration is a step in the right direction for TB and MDR-TB in Europe,” head of Global Health Advocates EU Office and TBEC coordinator Fanny Voitzwinkler said. “Today, many of our political leaders have signified their commitment to ending this disease once and for all. As civil society, we will now work tirelessly to ensure that these commitments are followed through and the ambition is not lost. The Slovaks agreeing to keep it as a regional health priority during their EU presidency is a fantastic opportunity to keep political momentum.”

The Riga Declaration was created by the European Member States and Eastern Partnership nations of the Ministers of Health, Finance and Social Affairs.

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