The Union and partners launched the first-ever roadmap to combat zoonotic TB during the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health.
The roadmap identifies 10 essential action points which include improving the evidence base, reducing transmission between animals and humans, looking at areas of food safety and identification of key populations, and strengthening intersectoral collaboration.
Better technologies, better science and better governance for affected communities bearing the bovine TB burden must become the new mantra if we are to get on the path to eliminating TB everywhere.
As a precursor to the Union World Conference, The Union took a group of invited international journalists to a cheese factory and a slaughterhouse as an opportunity to see first-hand the rigorous production processes and health and safety measures that these industries must adhere to, in order to minimise the risk to human health through consumption of contaminated untreated meat or dairy products from diseased animals.
The Zoonotic TB Roadmap is a collaboration between four partners in health: the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and The Union.