Vietnam takes lead in global End TB Strategy: WHO

Saturday, 2018-05-26 17:19:19
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NDO/VNA – Vietnam is one of the leading countries in the world for its efforts in implementing the End TB Strategy of the World Health Organisation (WHO), according to Director of the WHO’s Global Tuberculosis (TB) Programme, Tereza Kasaeva.

She made the remark at a meeting with the Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Health Minister Le Quang Cuong on the sidelines of the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA) held in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 21-26.

The Director lauded Vietnam for quickly and effectively applying new technologies to fight tuberculosis in a short time span.

She pointed to Vietnam as an example in implementing the WHO’s strategy to end the global TB epidemic.

Vietnam has also been realising the contents of the Moscow Declaration to End TB adopted at the first WHO Global Ministerial Conference in Russia in November 2017.

The WHO also appreciated the country’s sharing of its experience in fighting TB, such as its hosting of a policy dialogue on accelerating actions to prevent TB and multi-drug-resistant TB in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) region in August 2017.

The WHO recognised the contributions of Director of the Central Lung Hospital, Nguyen Viet Nhung, who is the Manager of the National TB Control Programme, for his active participation in strategic advisory councils, and guidelines for the development and research orientations of the WHO for many years.

The organisation asked the Vietnamese government and Ministry of Health to attend the first-ever high-level meeting of the United Nations on ending TB, to be held in New York in September this year.