Tuberculosis (TB)

WHO and ERS launch new digital health agenda for action to end TB

29 SEPTEMBER 2015 | AMSTERDAM | The WHO Global TB Programme and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) today launched a new Agenda for Action to harness the power of information and communication technology to end TB. Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious global public health threat, causing 1.5 million deaths in 2013 and 9 million people falling ill that year. New information and communication technology present significant opportunities to combat this disease on various fronts. The Agenda highlights strategic directions to integrate digital health into TB prevention and care activities in support of WHO’s End TB Strategy.

Asia-Pacific nations at the heart of action to end TB

Geneva, 11 September 2015 ¦Over 700 country delegates and TB experts came together at the 5th Conference of The Union Asia-Pacific Region, held in Sydney from 31 August to 2 September 2015. Governments, communities and scientists took stock of where the Asia-Pacific region is with regards to tackling TB and looked at the science and public health action that can make a difference in the coming years. Dr Mario Raviglione, Director of the WHO Global TB Programme presented at the Conference on WHO’s new End TB Strategy during the first plenary session, and called for increased commitment from countries in the region to up the game for the drive to end TB.

WHO to organise consultative workshop in Addis Ababa to enhance engagement of nongovernmental and other civil society organisations in implementation of the End TB Strategy

September 2015 | Geneva |The World Health Organization’s Global TB Programme is organising a global consultative workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (11-13 November 2015) to enhance the engagement of nongovernmental (NGOs) and other civil society organisations (CSOs) 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.

WHO issues operational guidance and an eTool to help roll-out systematic screening for active TB

27 AUGUST 2015 ¦ GENEVA - Missed and delayed diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) can result in poor health outcomes for the affected individuals, catastrophic costs for their families, and continued transmission of TB to others in their communities. Systematic screening for active TB among those at the highest risk can complement other efforts to improve early detection and treatment of TB. WHO has issued an operational guide that provides practical advice on how to develop a national or local TB screening strategy. To further aid the process of prioritizing high-risk groups for screening and chose an appropriate screening and diagnostic algorithm, an eTool-ScreenTB has been developed, which helps estimate screening yield and cost of screening.

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fact buffet

Lives saved

37 millionlives were saved through effective diagnosis and treatment, 2000-2013.

Fact sheet on tuberculosis

MDR-TB cases

480 000people developed multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the world in 2013.



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

Information note on Global TB report 2014
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WHO End TB Strategy

The World Health Assembly, convened annually by WHO at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva, passed a resolution in May 2014 approving with full support the new post-2015 Global TB Strategy with its ambitious targets. 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.

Tools for tuberculosis control

Recording and reporting tools

World TB Day

  • World TB Day, 24 March 2014
    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.