Stop TB Partnership


In the late 1990s there was rising concern worldwide about a dramatic upsurge of the global TB pandemic. In response to those concerns, the Stop TB Initiative was established following the meeting of the First ad hoc Committee on the Tuberculosis Epidemic held in London in March 1998.

In March 2000 the Stop TB Initiative produced the Amsterdam Declaration to Stop TB, which called for action from ministerial delegations of 20 countries with the highest burden of TB. That same year the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization endorsed the establishment of a Global Partnership to Stop TB and two targets for 2005: to diagnose 70% of all people with infectious TB, and to cure 85% of those diagnosed.

From humble beginnings, the Stop TB Initiative has evolved into a broad global partnership to Stop TB. The Stop TB Partnership involves nearly 1000 organizations who are committed to eliminating TB as a global public health problem. Partners have formed working groups to accelerate progress in seven specific areas: DOTS Expansion, TB/HIV, MDR-TB, New TB Drugs, New TB Vaccines, New TB Diagnostics, and a Global Laboratory Initiative.


Partners came together at the First Stop TB Partners' Forum held in Washington D.C. in October 2001 to launch the Global Plan to Stop TB 2001-2005 [.pdf] - the overarching framework of the Stop TB Partnership's combined actions.

The Second Stop TB Partners' Forum, held in New Delhi in March 2004, produced the New Delhi Pledge, which reaffirmed ministerial commitments to meet the 2005 targets and to frame a second global plan for guiding Partnership efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals targets for TB by 2015.

In January 2006. the Partnership launched it's second Global Plan. The Global Plan to Stop TB 2006-2015 provided a comprehensive assessment of the actions and resources needed to implement the Stop TB strategy, make an impact on the global TB burden and reach the Stop TB Partnership's goals for 2015.

The Third Partners' Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in March 2009 sought to create the most inclusive possible environment, and the agenda was developed based on input received from partners who participated in an e-forum that ran in September and October 2008. The Forum produced the Rio Recommendations [.pdf].

The Partnership launched the Global Plan to Stop TB 2011-2015 [.pdf] in October 2010. The plan, which is an update to the Global Plan to Stop TB 2006-2015, shows public health programmes how to drive universal access to TB care and, for the first time, identifies the research gaps that need to be filled to bring rapid TB tests, faster treatment regimens and fully effective vaccine to market.