Global Health Observatory (GHO)

Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB)

Situation in 2013

In 2013, there were an estimated 480 000 (350 000–610 000) new cases of MDR-TB worldwide, and approximately 210 000 (130 000–290 000) deaths from MDR-TB.

Among patients with pulmonary TB who were notified in 2013, an estimated
300 000 (230 000–380 000) had MDR-TB.

136 000 of the estimated 300 000 MDR-TB patients who could have been detected were diagnosed and notified. This was equivalent to almost one in two (45%), and up from one in six in 2009. Progress in the detection of drug-resistant TB has been facilitated by the use of new rapid diagnostics.

A total of 97 000 patients were started on MDR-TB treatment in 2013, a three-fold increase compared with 2009. However, 39 000 patients (plus an unknown number detected in previous years) were on waiting lists, and the gap between diagnosis and treatment widened between 2012 and 2013 in several countries.

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