Tuberculosis (TB)

First global consultation on the role of e/mHealth in TB and tobacco control opens today

25 FEBRUARY 2015 ¦ GENEVA - Over ninety representatives from countries, technical agencies, financing partners, the corporate sector as well as civil society, are meeting together in Geneva over the next two days for a first-ever consultation on the role of electronic and mobile health (e/mHealth) interventions in TB and tobacco control. This consultation has been organized by the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global TB Programme and Department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases with the European Respiratory Society (ERS).

WHO Global TB Programme welcomes appointment of UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis Dr Eric P. Goosby

20 JANUARY 2015 | Geneva | The Global TB Programme welcomes the decision by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint Dr Eric P Goosby as the new UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis (TB). Special Envoy Goosby brings a wealth of experience to the fight against this pressing infectious disease crisis which still claims millions of lives each year. “We are extremely pleased with the appointment of Special Envoy Goosby”, said Dr Mario Raviglione, Director of the WHO Global TB Programme. “Eric has been with us fighting against TB for many years and has mobilized much-needed resources to strengthen its care and control. Our WHO efforts to end TB will receive a much higher profile with Eric’s engagement”.

Global consultation on research for TB elimination opens today

24 November 2014| STOCKHOLM - Government representatives, researchers, and financing partners from about 22 countries are meeting together in Stockholm over the next two days to participate in a World Health Organization consultation on research for tuberculosis (TB) elimination. WHO has co-organized this meeting with the Swedish medical university, Karolinska Institutet and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden.

WHA approves Post-2015 Global TB Strategy and Targets

19 May 2014 | Geneva | The World Health Assembly, convened annually by WHO at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva, passed a resolution 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.

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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.

Q&A on MDR-TB

Funding

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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Highlights

Global strategy and targets for tuberculosis prevention, care and control after 2015

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. It sets interim milestones for 2020, 2025, and 2030.

Tools for tuberculosis control

TBTeam
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.