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2018 Conference Objectives

Declaring our rights: social and political solutions

  1. Convene the world’s experts to advance knowledge on issues related to lung health. Present new research findings and promote global collaboration amongst scientific, public health and affected communities to fight TB, and other lung health issues, effectively. Inspire acceleration and scale-up on the cutting edge of social, political and scientific innovation.
  2. Enable and inspire country-level determination to set the course and drive momentum to deliver vis-a-vis commitments to:
    • Innovate and scale-up to fight TB. Address the gaps in country-level TB response: Find and treat the “missing” undiagnosed persons with TB; Treat MDR TB; Prevent rise of drug resistance; Prevent TB amongst people living with HIV; Reduce mortality amongst those affected by co-morbidities;
    • Adopt and implement current, evidence-based international guidelines for TB control and MDR-TB management programs by all countries;
    • Empower, enable and accelerate country ownership, action and implementation through political and social solutions, including community-led and rights-based approaches shaping the response;
    • Promote multi-sectoral responses, addressing social determinants of lung health issues and contributing to sustainable finance in public health for universal health coverage;
  3. Strengthen political resolve and country-level accountability for accelerated impact in the TB response. Provide a platform for dialogue and collaboration between policymakers, parliamentarians, communities and civil society to result in accelerated implementation of the commitments expressed in the UN High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis Political Declaration and the WHO Moscow Declaration.
  4. Shift the global response to lung health onto a human rights foundation. Assert human rights as the over-arching framework for all TB and lung health issues. Present evidence-based approaches to ensuring access to quality healthcare for all, while meeting the unique needs of an individual – including persons with TB and survivors, people living with HIV, nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTB) cases, displaced populations, people in closed settings, women and young people.
  5. Inform and connect TB practitioners and policymakers to multi-sectoral approaches in synergy with and taking full advantage of the potential offered in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) agenda for 2030.

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