Globally, tuberculosis remains the single most deadly infectious disease. In 2016, there were over 10 million new tuberculosis cases and 1.7 million deaths worldwide. The European Union fully supports the international effort to address this, including the commitment made in Riga in March 2015 to fully eradicate tuberculosis by 2050; the 2017 “Berlin declaration”; and the 2017 “Moscow declaration to end Tuberculosis”. Building on the work of the United Nations and the World Health Organisation, in summer through a policy paper the Commission will address ways to eliminate tuberculosis, as well as HIV/AIDS, and significantly reduce viral hepatitis, in line with the objectives set out in the Sustainable Development Goals.
Vytenis Andriukaitis and other EU Commissioners urge leaders in Europe and beyond to take a multi-policy approach and address the social conditions that encourage its spread, in addition to mobilising funding for research, and ensuring access to preventative and curative healthcare for all.
To read the statement in full go to: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-18-2461_en.htm