The European Commission together with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe hold a Tuberculosis meeting in Luxemburg on 30 June - 1 July 2009.
This is the first follow-up meeting on the implementation of the Berlin Declaration, which was adopted at the WHO European Ministerial Forum on Tuberculosis in 2007. The Luxembourg meeting on tuberculosis (TB) brought together responsible officials from the Ministries of Health and managers of the national TB programmes from 53 countries of the WHO European region, as well as various civil society organisations which implement TB programmes at global and regional levels.
The conference’s five objectives are to: ensure support of the Member States for the monitoring and follow up of the Berlin Declaration; ensure proper visibility of the fight against TB at policy level; present European plans to fight TB; increase awareness of high level policy makers in European countries on TB control and elimination; and to facilitate networking between the key stakeholders in TB.
In the welcome note at the opening of the conference, Zsuzsanna Jakab, Director of ECDC, addressed the challenges associated with TB in the European Union and Europe, as well as promising steps and efforts towards TB elimination. Mrs Jakab emphasized that “the EU can and should achieve excellence in the provision of TB services by reaching out to the most vulnerable and supporting the global fight against the disease.” and pointed out that we must not forget that the EU has “the duty of providing the leadership and the guidance to demonstrate that TB can be eliminated, not only in the EU context, but also regionally and globally.”
See the speech of the ECDC director