Written by Chuks NZEH

Health experts task PMB on TB advocacy

A group of health experts under the aegis of Afrihealth Optonet Association, a coalition of civil society network and think-tank for systems strengthening and the promotion of health, have tasked President Muhammadu Buhari on tuberculosis advocacy ahead of the forthcoming United Nation High-Level Meeting, UNHLM, later in the year in New York.

In a letter addressed to the president dated 4th July, 2018, by the national coordinator, Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje, the association said, "On behalf of the global TB stakeholders and communities, I would like to convey our appreciation for your continued leadership in the global fight to end tuberculosis, TB.

"We look up to your continuous support even more as we now move towards a successful UN High-Level Meeting, UNHLM, on TB on Wednesday, 26th September 2018, taking place during the UN General Assembly in New York.

"We understand that member states are initiating negotiations on a Zero Draft of the UNHLM Political Declaration.

“Given this background, we are pleased to share with you the “Key Asks” that have been developed through our combined extensive engagement with the global TB stakeholders and communities, including UN agencies, high-burden TB countries, donors, civil society, people affected by TB, and the private sector.”

According to the group, they are hoping that Buhari will pledge his commitment to accelerate progress towards ending TB by 2030, and outline key actions being taken by Nigeria to follow through on the commitments in the Political Declaration expected to be endorsed by Heads of State at the UNHLM.

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