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United Nations: Head of Gvt. Underlines Morocco's Commitment to Ending Tuberculosis Epidemic by 2030

New York (United Nations)  -  
Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, said Wednesday in New York that Morocco is committed to ending the tuberculosis epidemic before the year 2030.
United Nations: Head of Gvt. Underlines Morocco's Commitment to Ending Tuberculosis Epidemic by 2030
26 September 2018

Speaking at a high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, El Othmani said that "according to current data and established programs, Morocco is committed to definitively end the tuberculosis epidemic by 2030, as underlined in the United Nations' objectives".

In the last few years, the world has seen an increase in the number of identified cases due to the emergence of HIV and drug-resistant tuberculosis, he said.

The Head of Government stressed that several countries have developed national programs based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to end this epidemic.

Morocco has demonstrated, in this context, he said, its effective adherence to this international dynamic to fight this epidemic, through the development and implementation of national programs, based on the recommendations of the WHO, through a treatment strategy led under the direct supervision of medical professionals, which was developed at the regional level to be implemented at the local level in partnership with the different actors and stakeholders.

El Othmani recalled, on this occasion, that Morocco has made significant progress in this program, with a 88% increase in early diagnosis, whereas the world average is only 61%, adding that the tuberculosis treatment success rate has increased by 87% against 78% at the international level.

The number of tuberculosis cases in Morocco decreased by 30%, while the mortality rate fell by 63% between 1990 and 2016, he said, adding that the rate of drug-resistant tuberculosis does not exceed 1%, while it is 4% worldwide.

He pointed out in this context that between 2016 and 2017, the mortality rate due to tuberculosis has decreased by 12%, against 3% worldwide.

El Othmani noted that in order to end this epidemic, it is necessary to adopt a comprehensive and participatory approach that puts health at the center of all policies, in line with the Moscow Ministerial Declaration to end tuberculosis.

Last modified : 26 September 2018

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