The latest Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis (TB) was launched in Davos at the World Economic Forum. It is a plan which would run from 2006 to 2015 and has been brought to the fore after 18 months of research and consultation. The object of this Global plan is to provide the much needed diagnosis and treatment for tuberculosis in the third-world countries. Tuberculosis has long put to waste efforts of sustainable development in several developing countries as it hinders the provision of other amenities like education, clean water, housing, adequate food and a safe, disease-free environment for children.
The Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis (TB) 2006-2015 has been made operational to achieve:
The Director of this WHO (World Health Organisation) funded Global Plan, Mario Raviglione was interviewed on Canada’s CTV in 2010 about the impact and success of the plan. He claimed that it has resulted in detection of double the no. of TB cases, betterment in the access of TB treatment for about 15 million and the availability of new TB drugs with diagnostics in 2010. He also stated that such efforts need to be doubled in the coming 5 years to ensure that target for 2015 is met. As a consequence, they hope to secure one of the Millennium Development Goals of UN.
As an initiative for ridding the world from the dreaded tuberculosis which is curable, this plan has very noble humanitarian cause. It remains to be seen whether it will succeed, especially in the light of similar plans implemented earlier that have been relatively unsuccessful. The question still remains that if the disease is curable, what has lacked in the implementation of its elimination plan from the world. The new anti-TB drug seems to be a step in the right direction!