Member Countries of WHO SEARO to End TB by Signing ‘Delhi End TB Summit Statement of Action’ (Download PDF)

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The member nations of World Health Organization-Regional Office for South-East Asia (WHO-SEARO) signed and adopted the Delhi End TB Summit Statement of Action. To date, post-disaster funding through South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund has done an excellent job of helping countries respond to health emergencies once they have occurred, as most recently in Nepal and Sri Lanka.

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Image Universal Health Coverage in the South-east Asia Region

Image universal health coverage in the south-east asia region

The Delhi End TB Summit Statement of Action identifies the roles, responsibilities, and directions of the member countries of WHO SEARO region to make their countries free of this scourge. The multi-sectoral and empowered national initiatives in member states would engage

  • Various government departments

  • The private sector and civil society

  • Including members of the affected community

In monitoring progress, a national accountability framework will be established accordingly.

India stands committed to its ‘TB- Free country’ resolve by 2025. India to extend all support to member countries of WHO SEARO region in meeting their respective goals of becoming TB- free

The Delhi End TB Summit Statement of Action

  • The Delhi End TB Summit Statement of Action identifies the roles, responsibilities, and directions of the member countries of WHO SEARO region to make their countries free of tuberculosis.
  • It recommends increased attention, investment, and efforts for tackling the regions major burden of tuberculosis, and notes that the response has strengthened further because of the Delhi Call for Action, a strategic, action-oriented roadmap initiated by the countries on March 16 last year.

WHO SEARO Region

Countries in WHO South-East Asia Region

  • Bangladesh.

  • Bhutan.

  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

  • India.

  • Indonesia.

  • Maldives.

  • Myanmar.

  • Nepal.

  • Sri Lanka

  • Thailand

  • Timor-Leste

Why Was WHO- SEARO Formed- South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund?

  • In a critical step for emergency preparedness across the WHO South-East Asia Region, Member countries agreed to establish a dedicated funding stream aimed at building preparedness for health emergencies in the Region, which is one of the most disaster-prone.
  • The new funding stream will allow countries to invest in infrastructure and human resources that will enhance preparedness
  • In recent years earthquakes, cyclones, and floods have caused health emergencies in the South-East Asia Region. The Region has also been threatened by a range of emerging diseases, including SARS, MERS CoV, pandemic influenza, and Zika virus.

Priorities Finalized During Delhi End TB Summit

  • “LEAD implementation of the national TB responses in countries- by an empowered national initiative that monitors progress in reaching End TB targets to the highest levels of government in Member States. “

  • “INCREASE budgetary and human resource allocations by governments as well as by their global, domestic and other partners so as to ensure that national TB plans are fully funded. “

  • “ENABLE the best possible care to each and every person, including migrants, the aged and other high-risk populations, living with any form of TB including drug-resistant TB/HIV co-infections. “

  • “SUPPLEMENT medical care for TB with social and financial protection in a holistic manner. “

- Published/Last Modified on: June 26, 2018

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