Mobilizing Political Commitment Against TB

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Top public health officials and experts in tuberculosis, asthma and other lung diseases from across the European Region of the World Health Organization.

They will discuss the control of lung diseases, and mainly how to help the European Region - the WHO region most affected by multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) - to contain and eradicate the disease.

The 4th European Regional Congress of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease will focus on how to strengthen and promote strategies to combat and prevent the spread of tuberculosis and its "super strains" of MDR-TB and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB).

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The Congress will be instrumental in preparing for the WHO European Ministerial Forum "All Against Tuberculosis", to be held in Berlin on 22 October 2007. The Forum will aim at raising commitment to fight the disease on political and health agendas, following evidence in recent years that inadequate political support is hindering the battle against tuberculosis. It is expected that the Forum will adopt a European Regional Declaration on Tuberculosis, which will set out political and financial commitments and concrete steps for strengthening European public health systems and their ability to prevent the proliferation of MDR-TB and XDR-TB across borders. The negotiation of the draft Declaration is already under way.

The First Lady of Georgia, Mrs Sandra Roelofs, an outspoken Ambassador of the Stop TB Partnership, will attend the Congress in Riga. Mrs Roelofs is chairperson of the national coordination body for projects of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Georgia.

The Congress organizers have planned a series of activities for journalists. All media representatives are welcome to send their accreditations for the following events:

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