WHO DG visits India for the Delhi End TB Summit

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organisation (WHO) visited India from 12–14 March 2018 to attend the Delhi End TB Summit being organised by India’s Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, the World Health Organization and the Stop TB Partnership.

This was his first official visit to India after his appointment as Director-General WHO in 2017.

Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi inaugurated the event on 13 March 2018. The summit brought together health leaders and public health experts from across the world, especially from the South-East Asia Region.

India is taking a leadership role in the global response to TB elimination and there is unequivocal support from the Government of India to end TB. As part of the summit, health ministers and programme heads from WHO South-East Asia Region reviewed accelerated efforts being made by countries since the adoption of Delhi Call to Action. The Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, had announced ending TB as a flagship programme in the Region, at the Delhi Call to Action.

One of the top priorities of WHO is to work with national health authorities on their priorities and strengthen the building blocks of health, and to enact policies aimed at ensuring health care is equitable and affordable for all. Towards this end, during his visit, Dr Tedros met the Prime Minister, the Health Minister, Minister for AYUSH, Minister of State for External Affairs, senior government officials, parliamentarians, and civil society and patient representatives. Dr Tedros also delivered a lecture on Universal Health Coverage at the NITI Aayog.