2018 AFRICA CONTINENTAL TB SCORECARD
The sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the End TB Strategy set ambitious goals of ending tuberculosis (TB) by 2030. Given that Africa has the highest per capita incidence of TB globally, ending TB in Africa will have a significant positive impact on achieving the global targets. The September 2018 United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on TB (UNHLM-TB) Declaration includes specific targets for the period 2018-2022 for TB case finding and prevention, and for resource mobilization.
Further, the 2018 Common Africa Position on TB (CAP-TB) endorsed in the run-up to the UN General Assembly Meeting on TB urges Governments to build resilient and sustainable health systems through implementing ambitious fully funded TB policies and strategic investment plans; increasing domestic financing; strengthening national data systems and pursuance of new innovations for TB diagnosis, prevention and care.As part of the actions towards multisectoral accountability and high level leadership, the African Heads of State and Government in 2018 endorsed the African Continental End TB Accountability Framework for Action and the End TB Scorecard initiative and requested the Africa Union Commission, working with WHO, to produce the scorecard annually. The WHO Regional Office for Africa has supported the African Union Commision (AUC) and collaborated with MInistries of Health and WHO country offices to produce this 2018 Africa Continental TB Scorecard.