Tuberculosis (TB)

WHO congratulates President Sampaio for receiving first-ever
UN Nelson Mandela Prize

Geneva, 24 July 2015 ¦The Global TB Programme at the World Health Organization (WHO) congratulates former Portuguese President Jorge Fernando Branco Sampaio for being awarded the first-ever United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize for his dedicated service to humanity.

International Women's Day 2015

Empowering women to break barriers and end TB

06 March 2015 | Geneva | There is much to celebrate, this International Women’s Day. The empowerment of women is gaining ground globally, more girls are in school and the world is mobilizing to ensure that they have a healthier and safer future to reach their full potential. However, despite these successes, millions of women still face barriers and inequalities in many areas of their lives, including in health. This is evident in the battle women face against tuberculosis (TB).

First global consultation on the role of e/mHealth in TB and tobacco control opens today

25 FEBRUARY 2015 ¦ GENEVA - Over ninety representatives from countries, technical agencies, financing partners, the corporate sector as well as civil society, are meeting together in Geneva over the next two days for a first-ever consultation on the role of electronic and mobile health (e/mHealth) interventions in TB and tobacco control. This consultation has been organized by the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global TB Programme and Department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases with the European Respiratory Society (ERS).

WHO Global TB Programme welcomes appointment of UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis Dr Eric P. Goosby

20 JANUARY 2015 | Geneva | The Global TB Programme welcomes the decision by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint Dr Eric P Goosby as the new UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis (TB). Special Envoy Goosby brings a wealth of experience to the fight against this pressing infectious disease crisis which still claims millions of lives each year. “We are extremely pleased with the appointment of Special Envoy Goosby”, said Dr Mario Raviglione, Director of the WHO Global TB Programme. “Eric has been with us fighting against TB for many years and has mobilized much-needed resources to strengthen its care and control. Our WHO efforts to end TB will receive a much higher profile with Eric’s engagement”.

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fact buffet

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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ToBe Continued World TB Day

Sounds from Stazione di Topolò/Global Health Incubator across the World and back

ToBe Continued is coming back on March 24th, World TB Day ToBe Continued is an original concert lasting 24 hours (un-interrupted 24 hour marathon- from 00.00 hours to the midnight of March 24th, GMT+1), during which musicians from many parts of the World will be connected to a website that will broadcast their concerts. The event, that will cover the 24th of March, World TB Day, in its entirety, is coordinated by Antonio Della Marina, musician and computer music composer, and by Moreno Miorelli, artistic director of the annual gathering "Stazione di Topolò/Postaja Topolove".

Global strategy and targets for tuberculosis prevention, care and control after 2015

WHO End TB Strategy

The World Health Assembly, convened annually by WHO at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva, passed a resolution in May 2014 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. It sets interim milestones for 2020, 2025, and 2030.

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.