TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Stop TB Partnership to move central operations from WHO to U.N.

The Stop TB Partnership announced on Wednesday that it would move its administration from the World Health Organization to the U.N. Office for Project Services (UNOPS) next year.

The partnership, citing support from WHO, said it will better be able to fulfill its mandate to end the spread of tuberculosis by moving its operations to UNOPS-which, according to a press release from the Stop TB Partnership, is better prepared to support the partnership's two key programs.

The Global Health fund applauded the partnership's decision, which the fund said would "clarify the specific and complementary roles of WHO and Stop TB" and could strengthen its relationship with the partnership.

Stop TB and WHO will continue to collaborate and work together on their efforts to raise awareness, funding and action against tuberculosis. The partnership has approximately 1,000 partner organizations it works with to fulfill its mandate.

"WHO has made tremendous efforts to support the Partnership and enable it to carry out its work," Stop TB Chairman Aaron Motsoaledi and Vice Chairman Joanne Carter said in a joint statement. "We would like to thank WHO for hosting the secretariat over the past 13 years as well as its collaboration and support throughout that time. We look forward to continuing our close collaboration and mutual support, and will continue to look to WHO for leadership, in the global fight to stop TB."