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January 27, 2006 11:00 ET

Results Canada: Canadian and International Health Officials Launch Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 27, 2006) - Treating 50 million people with tuberculosis and preventing 14 million deaths worldwide over the next 10 years are just two of the aims set out in a major new action plan released today at a press conference in Ottawa.

The Global Plan to Stop TB (2006-2015)- developed by the Stop Tuberculosis Partnership, a coalition of more than 400 organizations worldwide- sets out to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of halting and reversing the incidence of TB by 2015, and to meet the Partnerships' own target of halving TB prevalence and deaths.

"The launch of the Global Plan to Stop TB is a pivotal moment in humanity's efforts to address a disease that continues to claim 2 million lives each year," said Mario Raviglione, Director of the Stop TB Department of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. "This plan spells out exactly what we need to do in order to defeat this global killer".

The event took place in Ottawa in recognition of Canada's leadership in the fight against TB. "Canada has been on board from the beginning," said Raviglione. "As the founding donor of the Global Drug Facility, Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency, has enabled the supply of high quality drugs at a greatly reduced cost to TB sufferers. Canada should be proud of its success and life-saving work in the fight against tuberculosis."

The TB pandemic continues to evolve in complexity and evade global efforts. TB is now the leading killer of people with HIV/AIDS while Multi-Drug Resistant forms of the disease (MDR-TB) are increasing. Nowhere has the disease proven more stubborn than in Africa, where the prevalence of HIV/AIDS has contributed to an alarming rise in TB cases -with some countries seeing up to five-fold increases in cases in the last 10 to 15 years.

"In order to fight AIDS, we must also fight TB. The Global Plan is critical for Africa where tuberculosis was declared an emergency by 46 countries in 2005," said Stephen Lewis, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. "This is an infectious disease which, given the right level of resources, can be easily prevented and cured."

The Global Plan calls for a total of US$56 billion to be spent over the next decade -a three-fold increase in annual investment in TB control.

The Canadian launch is part of a series of events organized around the world by the Stop TB Partnership.

The Stop TB Partnership was established in 2000 to realize the goal of eliminating TB as a public health problem and, ultimately, to obtain a world free of TB. Housed by WHO in its Geneva headquarters, the Partnership is a broad-based social movement comprising more than 400 members that include the World Bank, CIDA, USAID, DFID and other donor institutions; leading technical agencies like WHO, CDC and the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease; foundations; NGOs; universities; advocacy organizations like Stop TB Canada; and patient activist groups.

For more information on the Global Plan and media materials, please visit http://www.stoptb.org/globalplan/

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