WHO announces new plan to stop TB

The World Health Organization recently announced that it believes more than 5 million lives can be saved in the next five years if countries and donors fully support its new plan to stop tuberculosis.

Stop TB 2011-2015 was launched this week in Johannesburg, Berlin and Geneva to identify and fill in research and funding gaps in order to bring rapid TB tests, faster treatment regimes and a fully effective vaccine to market, reports.

The plan calls for a clear roadmap to address the spread of drug resistant TB. It calls for 7 million people to be tested for TB and a further 1 million who have it to be treated, according to

"The Global Plan to Stop TB provides an urgently needed blueprint to cut global TB deaths by half," South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said in a statement this week, according to "In South Africa, we have embarked on an ambitious agenda for reducing the toll of TB on our people, and we are committed to meeting the Global Plan's targets. We call on world leaders to invest in the plan, which can help move us towards ridding the world of TB."

The Stop TB Partnership, which directly sponsors Stop TB 2011-2015, builds on the Stop TB Initiative that was inaugurated in 1998. It is made up of a collection of 1,400 government initiatives and non-governmental organizations.