Tuberculosis (TB)

WHO launches a Global Action Framework for TB Research and creates a new TB research team

18 November 2015 -- WHO today launched a new Global Action Framework for TB Research to foster high-quality national and global TB research needed to end the TB epidemic. To facilitate the implementation of this new Framework and to support the promotion of TB research both at global and country levels, a new research team has been set up in the WHO Global TB Programme.

WHO global consultation brings together communities, nongovernmental and other civil society organizations to ramp up efforts to end TB

11 NOVEMBER 2015 ¦ ADDIS ABABA - More than 150 participants from 90 community-based, nongovernmental and other civil society organizations, are meeting today with National TB Programmes and partners at a landmark WHO meeting to ramp up efforts to end TB.

Tuberculosis mortality nearly halved since 1990

A field worker interviews a woman holding her infant, writing notes in a book.
Vanessa Vick

28 October 2015 -- The fight against tuberculosis is paying off, with this year’s death rate nearly half of what it was in 1990. However TB ranks alongside HIV as a leading cause of death worldwide. 1.5 million people died from TB in 2014. Most of these deaths could have been prevented, according to WHO’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2015, which was released today in Washington.

The End TB Strategy

“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.

WHO engages partners in End TB Strategy implementation

September 2015 -- WHO’s Global TB Programme is organising a global consultative workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 11-13 November 2015, to enhance the engagement of nongovernmental and other civil society organisations in the implementation of the End TB Strategy in WHO’s Member States. The workshop was preceded by an online consultation, concluded on 31 August 2015, which successfully identified critical areas and the main challenges that will be discussed during the workshop.

fact buffet

Lives saved

43 millionlives were saved through effective diagnosis and treatment, 2000-2014.

Fact sheet on tuberculosis

MDR-TB cases

480 000people developed multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the world in 2014.



1.4 billionUS dollars per year needed to fill resource gap for implementing existing TB interventions.

Global TB report facts
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