The Stop TB Partnership is leading the way to a world without tuberculosis (TB), a disease that is curable but still kills three people every minute. Founded in 2001, the Partnership's mission is to serve every person who is vulnerable to TB and ensure that high-quality treatment is available to all who need it.
Together our nearly 1100 partners are a collective force that is transforming the fight against TB in more than 100 countries. They include international and technical organizations, government programmes, research and funding agencies, foundations, NGOs, civil society and community groups and the private sector.
They operate through a secretariat hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland and seven working groups whose role is to accelerate progress on access to TB diagnosis and treatment; research and development for new TB diagnostics, drugs and vaccines; and tackling drug resistant- and HIV-associated TB. The secretariat is governed by a coordinating board that sets strategic direction for the global fight against TB.
The Partnership is recognized as a unique international body with the power to align actors all over the world in the fight against TB. The participation of a wide range of constituencies gives us credibility and the broad range of medical, social and financial expertises needed to defeat TB.
To ensure that every TB patient has access to effective diagnosis, treatment and cure.
To stop transmission of TB.
To reduce the inequitable social and economic toll of TB.
To develop and implement new preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic tools and strategies to stop TB.
By 2015: the global burden of TB disease (deaths and prevalence) will be reduced by 50% relative to 1990 levels.
By 2050: The global incidence of TB disease will be less than 1 per million population. (Elimination of TB as a global public health problem.)
WHO Housing Agreement
WHO has a dual role in the Stop TB Partnership. As a leading partner, WHO provides guidance on global policy and has permanent representation in the Coordinating Board. WHO is also the housing institution of the Stop TB Partnership Secretariat. The secretariat follows the rules and regulations of WHO for its administrative, financial and human resources management, subject, if necessary, to the adaptations which might be required in order to meet the particular needs of the Stop TB Partnership.