The United Nations General Assembly has agreed to hold a High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis in 2018

The signal that Tuberculosis is a real threat to the public health worldwide comes from the highest international organization that brings the states together on priority issues, the UN.

The latest report published by the World Health Organisation on the upward trend of the TB incidence is alarming at least (http://www.who.int/tb/publications/global_report/en/). The increase of anti-microbial resistance and the super-bugs are realities demonstrated by the first cases of infections that cannot be treated with any available drug. 30% of the anti-microbial resistance cases are caused by multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and this disease is, now, the number one infectious killer in the world.

In this context, the agreement to organise the High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis will have to push the states to act and invest, not only to declaratively endorse the measures to decrease the TB incidence and mortality.

The High-Level Meeting will be the fifth in the UN history focused on health issues. Such meetings were organised previously in 2001 on HIV/AIDS, in 2011 on Non-communicable diseases, in 2014 on Ebola and in 2015 on Antimicrobial Resistance.

More information on the history of international efforts to involve the states in the fight against tuberculosis and the reactions of the most prominent stakeholders and activists can be found here.