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Stop TB in My Lifetime

Jerome has multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), he has been undergoing treatment for over a month at the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City, Philippines.
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World TB Day, on 24 March, is an opportunity to raise awareness about the burden of tuberculosis (TB) worldwide and the status of TB prevention and control efforts.

Progress towards global targets for reductions in TB cases and deaths in recent years has been impressive: TB mortality has fallen over 40% worldwide since 1990, and incidence is declining. New TB tools such as rapid diagnostics are helping transform response to the disease. Further progress will be dependent on addressing criticial funding gaps.

fact buffet


20 millionlives were saved through the Stop TB Strategy, 1995-2011.

Fact sheet on tuberculosis

MDR-TB cases

630 000cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the world in 2011.



1.6 billionUS dollars per year is needed to implement existing TB interventions.

Information note on TB funding gaps

Feature stories

Viet Nam: optimism for multidrug-resistant TB patients

Investing in health services to control multidrug-resistant tuberculosis has shown encouraging results in Viet Nam.

Restoring hope in Swaziland: helping stop TB through earlier diagnosis

A major challenge is the early detection of people with TB: WHO estimates that around 47% of people with TB in the country are not detected or notified.

World TB Day around the world

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