Declaration of TB Emergency in Africa

Effective collaboration among ACTION partners helped prompt African Ministers of Health to declare TB a continent-wide emergency at a WHO regional meeting in August 2005.

ACTION partners created media attention around the announcement and generated over 63 pieces of media worldwide including 14 wire stories and major TV coverage on BBC News as well as spots on CNN, Voice of America and EuroNews.

The declaration and resulting media coverage helped increase global awareness on the massive TB problem in Africa, raise the profile of TB in Africa among policymakers, and called on the donor community to increase support for Africa’s effort to fight TB.