This World Environment Day, UN Resident Coordinator Yuri Afanasiev joins the Government of India and UN Environment to urge industries, communities, and individuals to urgently reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic.
Endowed with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, India is making strides towards becoming a global solar superpower. Since 2009, when the country first launched the National Solar Mission, it has installed solar panels on large tracts of unused land across the country. To meet its energy needs, India has set itself the ambitious target of generating 100 GW of solar energy by 2022, forty percent of which is to come from rooftop solar.
History is made by our achievements. We have come a long way to make the impossible possible: from the control of fire, to life-saving vaccines to landing on the moon. Our next historic achievement is right in front of us: health for all humankind. What if everyone had access to the health services they need? What if they were not published into poverty paying for the services? Together, we can make universal health coverage happen in our lifetime.
Deputy Executive Director a.i. of UNAIDS, Tim Martineau's message during the 30th Stop TB Partnership Board meeting as a part of the End TB Summit to review ongoing efforts and accelerate action to end TB by 2030
The Stop TB Partnership Board provides leadership and direction, monitors the implementation of agreed policies, plans and activities of the partnership, and ensures smooth coordination among Stop TB Partnership components.
The meeting was held during the End TB Summit and the WHO SEARO High-Level South East Asia Regional Ministerial Meeting discussing achievements one year after the adoption of the Delhi Call for Action to End TB in the South East Asia Region. The Summit, Ministerial meeting and board meeting will culminate with Lancet TB Commission at the end of the week.
The Deputy Director General for Programmes of World Health Organization Dr. Soumya Swaminathan's message for the Delhi End TB Summit and launch of the TB Free India Campaign.
TB is the leading infectious killer in India. There were an estimated 28 lakh new cases of TB in 2016, with over 4 lakh people succumbing to the disease, including those with TB and HIV. The new NSP adopts a multi-pronged approach which aims to ‘Detect’ all TB patients with an emphasis on reaching TB patients seeking care from private providers and undiagnosed TB in high-risk populations, ‘Treat’ all patient irrespective of where they seek care adopting a patient-centric approach, ‘Prevent’ emergence of TB in susceptible population groups and ‘Build’ empowered institutions and human resources to streamline implementation.
India is also implementing the National Strategic Plan for TB elimination that is backed by a historic funding of over 12,000 crore rupees for the next three years to ensure every TB patient has access to quality diagnosis, treatment, and support. The Prime Minister’s vision to end TB by 2025, five years ahead of the SDG’s has galvanized the efforts of the Revised National Tuberculosis Programme, which has treated over 2 Crore patients since its inception.