Tuberculosis (TB)

The End TB Strategy

Graphic with slogan: We will end TB.

“Everyone with TB should have access to the innovative tools and services they need for rapid diagnosis, treatment and care. This is a matter of social justice, fundamental to our goal of universal health coverage. Given the prevalence of drug-resistant tuberculosis, ensuring highquality and complete care will also benefit global health security. I call for intensified global solidarity and action to ensure the success of this transformative End TB Strategy.”

Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General.

fact buffet

New cases

80%drop in new TB cases by 2030

End TB Strategy
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TB deaths

90%drop in people dying of TB by 2030

End TB fact sheet

Reducing poverty

100%of TB-affected families protected from catastrophic costs by 2030

End TB brochure

Towards TB elimination in low-incidence countries

Global elimination of TB as a public health problem, defined as <1 TB case per million population, is a long-term vision of WHO’s End TB Strategy, while the time-bound global target is to “End the global TB epidemic”, defined as bringing down the global incidence from >1,000 per million population in 2015 to <100 per million by 2035.

Global TB strategy with ambitious targets accepted

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.

The resolution calls on governments to adapt and implement the strategy with high-level commitment and financing. It reinforces a focus within the strategy on serving populations highly vulnerable to infection and poor health care access, such as migrants. The strategy and resolution highlight the need to engage partners within the health sector and beyond, such as in the fields of social protection, labour, immigration and justice.

The resolution requests the WHO Secretariat to help Member States adapt and operationalize the strategy, noting the importance of tackling the problem of multidrug-resistant TB and promoting collaboration across international borders. WHO is also asked to monitor implementation and evaluate progress towards the milestones and the 2035 targets.