WHO Framework Promotes Accountability Across Sectors in the Fight to Eradicate Tuberculosis by 2030

The COVID-19 pandemic has halted progress toward global tuberculosis (TB) targets made before the start of 2020, according to a UN assessment. WHO/Europe has been assisting Member States in adopting a multisectoral approach at the national and regional levels in order to galvanize political commitments to end the TB epidemic.

Social variables such as poverty, hunger, and poor living conditions have a significant impact on tuberculosis (TB). To address the issues faced by people impacted and to undertake measures to prevent TB transmission in workplaces, schools, public transportation, and prisons, among other settings, collaboration between different governmental and nonprofit partners at all levels is required.

Since the formulation of the WHO Eliminate TB Strategy, which is associated with the Sustainable Development Goals, the need for a multisectoral approach has been a cross-cutting issue in political promises to end TB.

WHO created a multisectoral accountability framework in response to Member States’ requests to speed up efforts toward ending the tuberculosis epidemic (MAF-TB). Countries can also use a baseline assessment checklist to assist them to get started with the framework. At the local, national, regional, and global levels, MAF-TB can assist in establishing who is accountable, what they are accountable for, and how they will be held accountable.

WHO/Europe works with ministries of health, national TB programmes, national coordination organizations, such as secretariats of country coordinating mechanisms, and all stakeholders, including civil society, TB-affected communities, and parliamentarians, to help Member States implement MAF-TB. WHO/Europe began technical cooperation with Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, and Ukraine in 2020–2021 on how to operationalize and modify MAF-TB at the national and regional levels.

Following the inaugural WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Tuberculosis in November 2017 and the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis, the MAF-TB was created.

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