Happy International Youth Day!

My message to the younger and the younger at coronary heart:

Today as we commemorate International Youth Day, we want to acknowledge the position younger individuals play in the direction of shaping a greater future in well being and past. The theme this 12 months ‘Youth engagement for Global Action’ places the highlight on how the proactive engagement, resilience and creativity of younger individuals at native, nationwide,  and international ranges can drive progress, particularly in occasions of disaster. This has been true particularly for efforts to finish tuberculosis(TB) – the world’s prime infectious killer.

There has been important progress over the previous 12 months since WHO launched its international youth motion to finish TB titled the 1+1 Initiative, adopted by the adoption of the Youth Declaration to End TB on the first-ever Global Youth Townhall on Ending TB. The 1+1 Initiative has expanded to incorporate hundreds of youth internationally in nations like Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Kenya and Viet Nam. The social media platforms arrange as a part of the 1+1 youth initiative and social media posts are adopted by over 20 000 individuals, with the quantity rising every day. More than 100 totally different youth-led actions and occasions on ending TB have been performed worldwide. This contains peer schooling coaching in faculties and universities, sensitizing younger individuals, encouraging them to grow to be TB advocates, and supporting TB sufferers locally with sources and recommendation. 

One inspiring instance of youth motion to finish TB is in Nepal. Young individuals within the nation have established nationwide and provincial youth networks to empower younger individuals to finish TB, by means of capability constructing and by making certain their participation in coverage making and group stage consciousness constructing. Likewise, in March 2020, Viet Nam’s National TB programme launched the National Youth Movement towards TB which goals to succeed in 10 million younger individuals, and educate all major faculty college students with information and good practices on combating TB and lung ailments. We urgently want extra such inspiring youth initiatives to finish TB.

If you’re a youth and on the lookout for a chance to contribute to the struggle towards TB, we’re only one message away. We are all the time completely happy to information you, offer you applicable studying alternatives and a world platform to reveal your revolutionary concepts and creativity.

Please share your concepts, tales and experiences with us and the remainder of world utilizing the hashtags #EndTB and #Youth2EndTB or be part of our Facebook group Youth2EndTB.


Together we will End TB and make our world a greater place.

Best Regards,

Dr Tereza Kasaeva
Director, WHO Global TB Programme

Country examples: Youth motion to End TB


National Youth Movement to End TB Launched formally in Vietnam

On March 20, 2020, on the event of World TB Day, Vietnam National Lung Hospital held a congress of the Youth Society towards TB and lung ailments – Vietnam Lung Association. The congress elected 11 younger individuals to characterize the youth of the nation within the Executive Committee of the Association for the time period 2020–2022. This was the official graduation of Vietnam’s youth motion towards tuberculosis which is the adoption of the Global Youth Movement towards TB at a nationwide stage. The occasion was just about attended by the Director of WHO’s Global TB Programme, Dr Tereza Kasaeva, who inspired the youth gathered to instill new vitality in efforts to finish TB.

The youth motion in Vietnam goals to succeed in 10 million younger individuals and educate all major faculty college students with information and good practices on combating TB and lung ailments.

The National Youth Movement towards Tuberculosis – Nepal (NYMAT – Nepal) is an effective instance of youth management and engagement within the struggle towards TB. As a youth community, it offers the chance for youth to come back to the forefront and be part of efforts to fight TB. More than 1000 younger TB advocates have already joined the National Movement and the quantity is rising on daily basis. Supporting WHO’s End TB Strategy and the National TB Control program, it goals to foster youth engagement in complete TB associated actions performed inside Nepal. With the adoption of the WHO Youth declaration to End TB and WHO’s 1+1 Youth Initiative, the impartial youth TB advocates/activists have  been working intensively to extend TB consciousness and cut back TB stigma, by advocating at native municipal ranges to encourage stronger insurance policies to cut back the TB burden. Recently, youth representatives from NYMAT actively contributed to the event of the upcoming National Strategic Plan, by taking part in a session organized by the National Tuberculosis Center.