Tuberculosis (TB)

A health worker is distributing tuberculosis drugs to villagers in Bangladesh

UN General Assembly high-level meeting on TB to take place in 2018

15 December 2016 – WHO welcomes the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution passed today, calling for the UNGA to hold the first-ever high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis in 2018. WHO has been asked to work with the UN Secretary-General, in consultation with Member States, to conceptualize and plan the 2018 high-level meeting.

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fact buffet

Lives saved

49 millionlives were saved through effective diagnosis and treatment, 2000-2015.

Fact sheet on tuberculosis

MDR-TB cases

480 000people developed multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the world in 2015, an additional 100 000 people with rifampicin-resistant TB also required second line treatment in 2015.

Q&A on MDR-TB

Funding

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

Global TB report facts
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Strategy
A group portrait.

The strategy aims to end the global TB epidemic, with targets to reduce TB deaths by 95% and to cut new cases by 90% between 2015 and 2035, and to ensure that no family is burdened with catastrophic expenses due to TB.



Emma Thompson, the British actress and Mayor of London’s TB Ambassador, speaking out on the importance of joining WHO and its partners to end tuberculosis, which kills over 4,000 people each day.


Advisory bodies

Activities of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for TB (STAG-TB), Task Force on TB Impact Measurement, Latent TB Infection Task Force, HIV/TB Task Force and the Task Force for New Drug Policy Development.

World TB day

World TB Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the burden of tuberculosis (TB) worldwide and the status of TB prevention and control efforts.

Contact

Hannah Monica Dias
Information and Technical Officer
Global TB Programme
World Health Organization
20 avenue Appia
1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland
Tel: +41-22 791 4695
E-mail: diash@who.int