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Free Content Global Partnership to Stop TB: a model of an effective public health partnership [Stop TB Partnership]

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SETTING: The Global Partnership to Stop TB.

OBJECTIVE: To describe the need for a partnership, its development, its aims and how it goes about its business.

RESULT: The international health community finds itself working under new constraints and in the presence of new actors and opportunities, including globalisation, economic and cultural changes, lack of resources, and the need for intersectoral collaboration. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared tuberculosis a global emergency in 1993. However, political commitment to controlling the growing pandemic was lacking, and TB continued to exact its remorseless toll. The Global Partnership to Stop TB can be seen as the result of the development over the last century of progressively more powerful forms of international organisations against tuberculosis. An outline is given of the current Global Partnership to Stop TB, including its goals, its progress from values to achievements and how it functions through various bodies.

CONCLUSION: The Partnership is potentially an effective model for other public health issues. As such, it can contribute to and catalyse a new era of international cooperation.

Keywords: Partnership; Stop TB; tuberculosis

Document Type: Invited Paper

Affiliations: 1: Stop TB Partnership Secretariat, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland 2: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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  • The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease publishes articles on all aspects of lung health, including public health-related issues such as training programmes, cost-benefit analysis, legislation, epidemiology, intervention studies and health systems research. The IJTLD is dedicated to the continuing education of physicians and health personnel and the dissemination of information on tuberculosis and lung health world-wide.

    Certain IJTLD articles are selected for translation into French, Spanish, Chinese or Russian. They are available on the Union website

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