Tuberculosis (TB)

Stop TB Partnership Board to move secretariat

The 25th Board meeting of the Stop TB Partnership in session at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

16 JULY 2014| Geneva | The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes the decision by the Stop TB Partnership (STBP) Board to move its secretariat’s hosting and administrative arrangements, which have been provided by WHO since the partnership was founded in 2001, to the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The move will occur early in 2015.

WHO targets elimination of TB in over 30 countries

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3 JULY 2014 ¦ ROME, ITALY - WHO today, together with the European Respiratory Society (ERS), presented a new framework to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) in countries with low levels of the disease. Today there are 33* countries and territories where there are fewer than 100 TB cases per million population. The framework outlines an initial “pre-elimination” phase, aiming to have fewer than 10 new TB cases per million people per year by 2035 in these countries. The goal is to then achieve full elimination of TB by 2050, defined as less than 1 case per million people per year.

Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for TB meets in Geneva

23 June| GENEVA - The Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis (STAG-TB) of the World Health Organization held its 14th annual meeting on June 16-18 in Geneva. The STAG-TB is comprised of 22 experts acting in their individual capacity who advise WHO on its policy, strategy and related functions in TB prevention, care and control. This year, STAG-TB was joined by 45 partners from technical, civil society, financing, and academic institutions, as well as WHO staff from all 6 regional offices, 21 country offices and Headquarters.

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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fact buffet


22 millionlives were saved through the Stop TB Strategy, 1995-2012.

Fact sheet on tuberculosis

MDR-TB cases

450 000people developed multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the world in 2012.



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

Information note on Global TB report 2013
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Looking beyond 2015

At the World Health Assembly (WHA) 2012, Ministers of Health called on the World Health Organization to develop a post-2015 TB strategy and accompanying targets for their consideration in 2014. The Global TB Programme in consultation with countries, WHO country and regional offices, and partners has developed a draft strategy framework. The proposed strategy and targets will be presented to the Executive Board and World Health Assembly in 2014.

Tools for tuberculosis control

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.