Step Up for TB: TB policies in 37 countries, 4th Ed.

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MSF, the Stop TB Partnership, and the global TB community call on all countries to update their TB policies, bringing them into line with international guidelines in time for World TB Day on 24 March 2021.

Join us by using the materials in this toolkit to ask political leaders to step up to achieve this goal.

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Tuberculosis (TB) is the world’s deadliest infectious disease and kills 1.4 million people a year. The latest diagnostic tests can rapidly and accurately diagnose TB. New medicines can help prevent and cure TB.

Yet people are still dying from a disease that's been curable for decades. While the world mobilizes to fight COVID-19, governments have an opportunity to scale up their TB response. COVID-19 is exacerbating inequalities, making it even more important to reach people with life-saving TB prevention and treatment.

Step Up for TB 2020 report

Step Up for TB 2020, a report by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Stop TB Partnership, surveyed 37 countries and found that many use outdated and ineffective practices, policies, and tools to diagnose and treat TB.

Step Up for TB 2020 summarises the findings of the 4th survey of national TB policies in the Step Up for TB series (previously known as Out of Step). This edition presents data on 37 countries, assessing the extent to which national policies align with international best practices based on World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and the latest scientific research. The survey examined policies related to diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and medicines procurement.

The results show that not enough countries are stepping up to update their national policies following the issuance of new WHO guidelines. Innovative products take years to reach the people who need them, reducing their impact. As a result, achievable global goals to reduce unnecessary sickness and death, and halt the spread of TB, remain unmet.

Report: TB policies in 37 countries, 4th Ed.

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