Tuberculosis (TB)

World TB Day 2016

WHO calls on countries and partners to Unite to End Tuberculosis

In advance of World TB Day, to be observed on 24 March, WHO is calling on countries and partners to "Unite to End Tuberculosis". The call comes as we enter the era of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ending tuberculosis (TB) by 2030 is a target of the SDGs and the goal of the WHO End TB Strategy. Ending TB will only be achieved with greater collaboration within and across governments, and with partners from civil society, communities, researchers, the private sector and development agencies.

WHO global consultation brings together communities, nongovernmental and other civil society organizations to ramp up efforts to end TB

11 NOVEMBER 2015 ¦ ADDIS ABABA - More than 150 participants from 90 community-based, nongovernmental and other civil society organizations, are meeting today with National TB Programmes and partners at a landmark WHO meeting to ramp up efforts to end TB.

Tuberculosis mortality nearly halved since 1990

A field worker interviews a woman holding her infant, writing notes in a book.
Vanessa Vick

28 October 2015 -- The fight against tuberculosis is paying off, with this year’s death rate nearly half of what it was in 1990. However TB ranks alongside HIV as a leading cause of death worldwide. 1.5 million people died from TB in 2014. Most of these deaths could have been prevented, according to WHO’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2015, which was released today in Washington.

WHO engages partners in End TB Strategy implementation

September 2015 -- WHO’s Global TB Programme is organising a global consultative workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 11-13 November 2015, to enhance the engagement of nongovernmental and other civil society organisations in the implementation of the End TB Strategy in WHO’s Member States. The workshop was preceded by an online consultation, concluded on 31 August 2015, which successfully identified critical areas and the main challenges that will be discussed during the workshop.


fact buffet

Lives saved

43 millionlives were saved through effective diagnosis and treatment, 2000-2014.

Fact sheet on tuberculosis

MDR-TB cases

480 000people developed multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the world in 2014.



1.4 billionUS dollars per year needed to fill resource gap for implementing existing TB interventions.

Global TB report facts
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