Stop TB Partnership

Partners' Forum 2001

22 - 23 October 2001, The World Bank, Washington, DC, USA

"50/50: Towards a TB-free future"

Stop TB First Partners' Forum

The first Stop TB Partners' Forum - a landmark event in 2001 for the global partnership movement to Stop TB - was hosted by the World Bank in Washington DC, 22 - 23 October 2001. The Forum, which took as its theme "50/50: Towards a TB-free future", celebrates 50 years of progress in the treatment of TB and looks forward, highlighting that there are only 50 months remaining to reach the global TB control targets. The Stop TB partners engaged leaders in development and civil society to attend the Forum, including ministerial delegations from countries with the highest burden of TB.

The major achievements of the First Stop TB Partners' Forum were:

  • Final Report of the Partners' Forum
  • Launch and endorsement of the Global Plan to Stop TB 2001 - 2005
    (with strong expressions of support from George Soros, WHO and the World Bank, amongst others)
  • Endorsement of the Stop TB Partnership Framework [English, French, Spanish]
  • Endorsement of the Washington Commitment to Stop TB
    [English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic]
  • Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Global TB Drug Facility by Dr Brundtland, Director-General WHO and Mr Loevinsohn, Chair of the Stop TB Coordinating Board

Background - Action since the Amsterdam Declaration to Stop Tuberculosis

The Ministerial Conference on Tuberculosis and Sustainable Development was held in Amsterdam in March 2000. High-burden countries pledged their commitment, through the Amsterdam Declaration, to reach the global targets for tuberculosis control by 2005. They called on the international community to assist the development of national DOTS expansion plans, to establish new initiatives to increase access to drugs, to accelerate research to develop new tuberculosis drugs, diagnostics and vaccines, and to establish a global fund for tuberculosis.

The Ministerial Conference has been followed by rapid progress in meeting these objectives, namely:

  • A Global DOTS Expansion Plan has been developed by countries and partners.
  • Several countries have established partnerships to increase coordination and efficiency of support for control programmes.
  • A Global TB Drug Facility has been developed and is delivering tuberculosis drugs.
  • A Global Alliance for Tuberculosis Drug Development has been established.
  • High-level international efforts to mobilize new resources and financing mechanisms for the control of tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria already exist.
  • The global partnership to Stop TB has expanded and now involves over 100 partner organizations.

Despite these important steps forward over the last year, the global tuberculosis situation continues to worsen. More people die from tuberculosis than ever before, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa is fuelling a tuberculosis epidemic on that continent that increases 10% per year. This human tragedy demands coherent plans of action to address both epidemics.

Our work towards a global plan for stopping TB throughout the world will help us to coordinate and focus our efforts. The Stop TB Partnership is working with UNAIDS and other partners to ensure that efforts to both confront HIV/AIDS and stop TB are synergistic, and that both highlight the key strategies required to prevent and treat concurrent disease in high-prevalence countries. Addressing this crisis depends on a commitment from partners to mobilize a massive new investment in controlling TB and other infectious diseases in order to identify optimal ways of accelerating responses.

The Stop TB Partners' Forum had five stated objectives:

  • to report on progress since the Amsterdam Conference on Tuberculosis and Sustainable Development (March 2000);
  • to further accelerate efforts to operationalize the Amsterdam Declaration to Stop TB;
  • to address the urgent issue of TB and HIV/AIDS;
  • to launch the Global Plan to Stop TB 2001 - 2005; and
  • to formally to endorse the supporting mechanisms for the Stop TB partnership.

Invitees by the Director-General/WHO and the President/World Bank

  • Ministerial delegations of 22 high TB burden countries (HBC), with 3 delegates including Ministers of Health, Finance, and Development Planning.
  • Ministerial delegations of donor countries and high-level representatives of Stop TB partners (DG/WHO, WB President, George Soros, and ministers of donor countries).
  • Stop TB organizational partners, head of the offices (at own expense).

Funding and Sponsoring

The Forum was cosponsored by the World Bank (hosting the Forum), World Health Organization (WHO), American Thoracic Society (ATS), Open Society Institute/Soros Foundation (OSI), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Rockefeller Foundation, and the Government of the Netherlands.

Presentations

Sunday, 21 October 2001
Personal statements: Ram Khadka (Nepal), Paul Mahyo (UK), Johannes Lindt (World Bank)

Monday, 22 October 2001
The Global Partnership to Stop TB: Status of the Partnership by Dr Jacob Kumaresan
Evening Despatch

Tuesday, 23 October 2001
Lessons learned on investing in TB: Philippines, Uganda

Closing Session
Stop TB Partnership: Moving ahead by Dr J.W. Lee
Evening Despatch