The stop TB strategy: building on and enhancing DOTS to meet the TB related Millennium Development Goals

The stop TB strategy: building on and enhancing DOTS to meet the TB related Millennium Development Goals

Striving towards a world free of TB

This World Health Organization paper defines the Stop TB Strategy which underpins the second global plan to stop TB (2006-2015). The goal of the strategy is to reduce dramatically the global burden of TB by 2015. It aims to achieve universal access to high-quality diagnosis and treatment; reduce the suffering and socioeconomic burden associated with TB; protect poor and vulnerable populations from TB; and support development of new tools and enable their timely and effective use. The Stop TB strategy has six principle components: pursue high quality DOTS (directly observed treatment) expansion; address TB/HIV and other challenges; contribute to health system strengthening; engage all care providers; empower people with TB; enable and promote research.

The paper highlights the strategies that are required to achieve these outcomes and discusses ways of measuring global progress and impact. The MDG and related Stop TB Partnership targets include three impact indicators: incidence, prevalence and death rates. Achieving targets requires increased and sustained financing for TB control and financing needs to be monitored and evaluated at sub-national, national and international level.

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