Tuberculosis (TB)

Improved data reveals higher global burden of tuberculosis

22 OCTOBER 2014 ¦ GENEVA - Recent intensive efforts to improve collection and reporting of data on tuberculosis (TB) are shedding new light on the epidemic, revealing that there are almost half a million more cases of the disease than previously estimated. The World Health Organization’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2014, published today, shows that 9 million people developed TB in 2013, and 1.5 million died, including 360 000 people who were HIV positive.

Global epidemic of diabetes threatens progress in TB control

04 SEPTEMBER 2014| Geneva | The rapid increase in rates of type 2 diabetes* in low- and middle-income countries where tuberculosis (TB) is endemic could hamper global efforts to control and eliminate TB, according to a new three-part Series about TB and diabetes, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. The series has papers contributed by the World Health Organization(WHO), which summarize the evidence on the TB-diabetes link and provide estimates of the impact of diabetes on the global TB burden.

High level International WHO Consultation

Eliminating TB Deaths: Time to Step Up the HIV Response

12 August 2014| GENEVA - A high level international WHO consultation was held in conjunction with AIDS 2014, on Sunday 20th July 2014, at the Crowne Promenade Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The consultation aimed to catalyze an accelerated response and high level political buy-in for HIV-associated TB to bring about the elimination of TB deaths among people living with HIV. The meeting was attended by some 80 participants who reviewed progress in the global and regional response, assessed the political commitment to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV-related TB, analysed the gaps and barriers preventing the elimination of TB/HIV deaths and identified opportunities and next steps critical for eliminating HIV deaths from TB.

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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Lives saved

37 millionlives were saved through effective diagnosis and treatment, 2000-2013.

Fact sheet on tuberculosis

MDR-TB cases

480 000people developed multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the world in 2013.



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

Information note on Global TB report 2014
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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.