Tuberculosis (TB)

TB patient taking medication

WHO report warns global actions and investments to end TB epidemic are falling far short

Geneva/Washington, 13 October 2016 – New data published by WHO in its 2016 Global Tuberculosis (TB) Report show that countries need to move much faster to prevent, detect and treat the disease if they are to meet global targets. Governments have agreed on targets to end the TB epidemic both at the World Health Assembly and at the United Nations General Assembly within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. They include a 90% reduction in TB deaths and an 80% reduction in TB cases by 2030 compared with 2015.

WHO

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