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Ministerial meeting of high M/XDR-TB burden countries

Date: 1-3 April 2009
Place: Beijing, China

Ministers from countries with high burden of MDR-TB and XDR-TB will meet in Beijing to address the alarming threat of MDR-TB. The meeting is organized by WHO together with the Ministry of Health of the People's Republic of China and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The aims of the ministerial meeting are:

  • to build consensus and political commitment globally and in high M/XDR-TB burden countries; and
  • to act immediately to scale up the prevention and management of MDR-TB and start developing five-year national strategic plans for MDR-TB, embedded within national TB and health sector plans.

The ministers will issue a call for action on M/XDR-TB to help strengthen health agendas and ensure that urgent and necessary commitments for actions and funding are made to prevent this impending epidemic. A preceding call for action by community representatives coming out of the Stop TB Partners Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in March 2009, will also be presented in Beijing.

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