Impact for Action and the 2018 UN-High Level Meeting on TB
Wednesday, September 26, 2018, United Nations, New York
“United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic”
What’s at Stake?
Tuberculosis (TB) is the world’s leading infectious killer, claiming 1.7 million lives every year. Our global progress to fight the disease is off-track and requires serious and dedicated global political leadership. On 26 September 2018, the United Nations (UN) will hold a high-level meeting on TB. The UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on TB is a crucial opportunity to bolster and align world leaders’ commitments to tackling TB. This web page is intended to increase attention to the HLM on TB in Canada and to ensure that civil society is engaged in shaping the direction and impact it will have.
Global civil society and affected communities are mobilizing to push for ambitious people-centred TB programs and to hold their governments and stakeholders accountable on their commitments.
How is the 2018 HLM on TB relevant to Canadians?
By endorsing the Political Declaration that will emerge from the HLM, Canada will be making commitments to addressing TB within Canada and globally. We can hold our government accountable to these commitments.
5 KEY ASKS: A set of priority actions that must be taken by Heads of State and Governments to accelerate progress and achieve the goal of ending TB. The Key Asks were developed over several months of discussions and consultations with the TB community at large and most stakeholders and partners. What are the key asks?
“We cannot win the battle against AIDS if we do not also fight TB.”
– Nelson Mandela
Take ACTION: How Can I Get Involved?
There are a number of ways in which Canadian HIV and TB communities and advocates can get involved in both national and global activities:
- Take part in our upcoming events
- Join the Canadian HLM on TB group (more info to come!)
- Stay up to date with all the activities, calls, briefings, and information-sharing by joining the TB Civil Society Listserv and the GFAN Listserv
- Engage with the Affected Communities and Civil Society Advisory Panel – this group of 15 advocates were selected through a competitive process to represent YOU in the HLM process.
High-Level Meeting on TB: Outcomes, Statements and Next Steps
2018 Political Declaration on the Fight Against TB, United to End Tuberculosis: An Urgent Global Response to a Global Epidemic
26 September 2018 – The UN General Assembly unanimously adopted the political declaration on TB committing world leaders to accelerate national and collective actions, investments and innovations in fighting the preventable disease.
Official Meeting Coverage and Minutes:
Civil Society Statement:
- Joint Statement on Behalf of Affected Communities and Civil Society on the Occasion of the First United Nations High-Level Meeting on the Fight to End Tuberculosis
(135+ signatories of affected communities and civil society)
While the Political Declaration is not as strong as hoped for, this document expresses our keen willingness as communities to support our governments to look beyond the Political Declaration and take bold steps forward in the best interest of the 10 million people around the world still falling ill with TB every single year.
In the News…
- Life After TB: She Is Deaf, She Still Dances, She Addressed The U.N. Today
26 September 2018 (Rachel D. Cohen, NPR)
On Wednesday, as part of the United Nation’s annual General Assembly in New York, world leaders are convening for the first ever high-level meeting dedicated to fighting tuberculosis, and Nandita Venkatesan got the chance to share her story as a survivor in the opening session.
- Are we finally waking up to the threat from the world’s deadliest infectious disease?
27 September 2018 (Nick Herbert, The Guardian)
The UN’s first High-Level Meeting on tuberculosis is a positive step – the way TB has been neglected is a scandal.
- Tuberculosis Became The Fifth Health Issue To Get A High-Level UN Meeting. It Didn’t Go Very Well.
27 September 2018 (Lauren Weber, HuffPost US)
The world’s top infectious killer finally got a spot on the world’s stage, but experts say more political will and accountability are needed to make a dent in fighting the disease.
- Fight against ‘vicious’ tuberculosis epidemic drastically underfunded: UN deputy chief
26 September 2018 (UN News)
The fight against tuberculosis (TB) is drastically under-funded, with a gap of around $13 billion per year, said Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at the first-ever High-Level TB Meeting, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Canada at the UN HLM on TB:
- Statement by Canada at the UN HLM (Minister Jane Philpott, 26 September 2018)
- Philpott to represent Canada at first-ever UN meeting on tuberculosis 25 September 2018 (Anna Desmarais, iPolitics)
Day 4 at #UNGA is under way!
Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott tells us about her visit and participation in the first ever high-level meeting on #tuberculosis. #EndTB pic.twitter.com/wUElFSidH8
— Canada Mission UN (@CanadaUN) September 27, 2018
🙌 Aluki Kotierk addressing the @UN High Level Meeting on #tuberculosis Panel – we must eradicate this disease in Canada and especially across Nunungaat. With leaders like Aluki and partners like @janephilpott @ITK_CanadaInuit We can! pic.twitter.com/I4eiNNoNow
— Shelley (@scgdoreme) September 26, 2018
Power Play: Eliminating tuberculosis in Canada
Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says it’s a stunning fact that many Canadians are unaware of tuberculosis rates in the North.
Policy Dialogue: Tuberculosis and HIV – Meeting the 2030 Goals on TB and TB/HIV Syndemics
Date: 5-6 November, 2018
Location: Ottawa, ON
In November 2018, ICAD, in partnership with RESULT Canada, will host a multi-sectoral policy dialogue. The dialogue will complement global and national activities surrounding the 2018 HLM on TB and ensure that civil society is engaged in shaping Canada’s domestic and global response to commitments made at the HLM on TB. Participants and speakers will include community partners, advocates, people affected by TB/HIV and policy makers. Given the context of TB in Canada, there will be a strong focus on Indigenous health and the health of newcomers, immigrants and refugees.
WEBINAR RECORDING: Canada and the High-Level Meeting on TB: Gender matters
Why does gender matter in the fight to end the TB epidemic? How does TB affect women and maternal health? Gender is a key priority for the Canadian government, how can Canada take a leadership role in the TB response? What role does Canadian civil society have to play?
Date held: 10 May 2018
Hosts: ICAD and RESULTS Canada
- Mandy Slutsker, ACTION Secretariat (United States)
- Kate O’Brien, Maternal TB Survivor (United States)
- Amrita Daftary, McGill Academic/Research (Canada)
- Aluki Kotierk, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated – NTI (Canada)
KEY ASKS FROM TB STAKEHOLDERS AND COMMUNITIES
Stop TB Partnership
The TB Key Asks were developed over several months of discussions and consultations with the TB community at large and most stakeholders and partners. The Key Asks include priority targets under the five key themes:
- Reach all people by closing the gaps on TB diagnosis, treatment and prevention;
- Transform the TB response to be equitable, rights-based, and people-centered;
- Accelerate development of essential new tools to end TB;
- Invest the funds necessary to end TB;
- Commit to decisive and accountable global leadership, including regular UN reporting and review.
Policy Brief Series:
2018 UN High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis
POLICY BRIEF SERIES: TB AND GENDER
RESULTS Canada in partnership with ICAD
Gender is an area often neglected by those seeking
to end the TB epidemic. While men tend to
disproportionately contract the disease, TB has a
significant impact on women worldwide. TB is one
of the top five leading causes of death among
women aged 20-59. In Sub-Saharan Africa, where
the prevalence of HIV is high, TB is the third leading
cause of death for women.
2018 UN High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis
POLICY BRIEF SERIES: TB-HIV
RESULTS Canada in partnership with ICAD
UN high-level meetings are rare, and there have
only ever been six dedicated to health issues –
including two on HIV/AIDS. The HIV/AIDS
community has a breadth of experience in
maximizing the impact of these meetings and the TB
community could greatly benefit from collaboration.
TB in Canada
TB Profile – Canada (WHO)
Tuberculosis country profiles are generated automatically based on data reported by countries and which are held in WHO’s global TB database. Countries can update information at any time via WHO’s TB data collection system (or, for countries in the European region, via the ECDC – WHO/Europe Joint Surveillance system). Therefore data in country profiles may differ slightly from the data available at the time Global Tuberculosis Report was written.
- Surveillance of Tuberculosis (TB) – Canada,
Source: Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2017
Global efforts to combat tuberculosis (TB) have saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and reduced the TB mortality rate by 37%, according to the “Global TB Report 2017” released by the World Health Organization (WHO) today. Despite these achievements, the latest picture is grim. TB remains the top infectious killer in 2016. TB is also the main cause of deaths related to antimicrobial resistance and the leading killer of people with HIV. Progress in most countries is stalling and is not fast enough to reach global targets or close persistent gaps in TB care and prevention.
FACT SHEET: WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2017
Despite progress and millions of lives saved, global actions and investments fall far short of those needed.
This fact sheet provides high-level information from the WHO 2017 Global Tuberculosis Report including:
– an overview of the global TB situation and response,
– TB financing,
– research and development and
– universal health coverage and social protection.
In the News:
- It’s Time For The World’s Leaders To Support The Fight Against Tuberculosis
BY MS. BRENDA SHANAHAN, MP, MR. DEAN ALLISON AND MS. MOBINA JAFFER, SENATOR, ON BEHALF OF THE GLOBAL HEALTH CAUCUS ON HIV/AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA, WITH SUPPORT FROM RESULTS CANADA, THE HUFFINGTON POST CANADA – Decades of neglect have allowed TB to become the world’s leading infectious killer.
- A Historic Chance to End Tuberculosis
BY LUCICA DITIU and PETER SANDS, THE GLOBAL FUND – By any standard, the 5,000 people who die of TB every day is an unacceptable level of human suffering and economic burden. In September, heads of state have a unique opportunity to raise their game and decisively shift the trajectory of the disease with the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on TB.
- We Need To Stand On The Shoulders Of The HIV/AIDS Community
BY SHELLEY GARNHAM, THE HUFFINGTON POST CANADA – The tuberculosis advocacy community needs to build on their expertise, experience and the lessons they learned.
- Parliamentarians from across the World gather in New York to Support TB Stakeholders and Communities as they announced the “Key Asks” for the UN HLM on TB
BY STOP TB PARTNERSHIP – Members of Parliament (MPs) from 32 countries, representing all regions of the world, showed overwhelming engagement for the UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on TB and support to the ‘Key Asks from TB Stakeholders and Communities’ during a two-day consultation held in New York on 25-26 April 2018.
- In the year of TB, advocates want more than a political commitment
BY JENNY LEI RAVELO, DEVEX – Leading Up To U.N. High-Level Meeting, WHO Releases New TB Guidelines Aimed At Boosting Global Efforts To Reduce Disease Burden