Tuberculosis (TB)

WHO issues a position statement on the continued use of the shorter MDR-TB regimen following an expedited review of the STREAM Stage 1 preliminary results

13 April 2018 – In response to several queries to WHO from member states and other major stakeholders on the continued use of the shorter regimen for MDR-TB, following the release of preliminary results of the STREAM Stage 1 phase III randomized controlled trial, the WHO Global Tuberculosis Programme completed an expedited review of data provided by the STREAM trial consortium in January 2018.

Interactive civil society hearing to be held on 4 June 2018 in preparation for the UN high-level meeting on TB: 27 April is deadline for applications for accreditation for the hearing and/or the UN HLM

05 April 2018 - The President of the UN General Assembly has announced that the interactive civil society hearing will be held on 4 June 2018 at the United Nations in New York, as part of the preparatory process for the UN high-level meeting on tuberculosis (UN HLM). The hearing was requested in the modalities resolution for the UN HLM adopted yesterday by the UN General Assembly.

WHO Executive Board adopts resolution on upcoming UN General Assembly high-level meeting on TB

04 April 2018 - The resolution on the scope, modalities, format and organization of the UN high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis (TB) has just been adopted by the UN General Assembly this afternoon in New York. Member States in the resolution, decided that the one-day high-level meeting on the fight against TB would be convened by the President of the General Assembly in New York on 26 September - the second day of the UN General Assembly general debate. The theme of the meeting is “United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic”.

World TB Day 2018 - Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world

24 March 2018 - The theme of World TB Day 2018, “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world”, focuses on building commitment to end TB, not only at the political level with Heads of State and Ministers of Health, but at all levels from Mayors, Governors, parliamentarians and community leaders, to people affected with TB, civil society advocates, health workers, doctors or nurses, NGOs and other partners. All can be leaders of efforts to end TB in their own work or terrain.

WHO issues recommendations on management of isoniazid-resistant tuberculosis

16 March 2018 - Within the context of an ongoing extensive review of evidence on treatment of drug-resistant (TB) taking place in 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a Supplement to its current drug-resistant TB treatment guidelines, providing recommendations for the management of isoniazid-resistant TB. These will be incorporated into the Consolidated Guidelines for Treatment and Care of Drug-resistant TB envisaged by WHO later in 2018.

WHO and USAID release guide to support countries in developing national action plans on public-private mix for TB prevention and care

23 February 2018 – The World Health Organization and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have released a new guide to help countries strategically and systematically scale-up the engagement of all care providers in TB prevention and care.

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Lives saved

53 millionlives were saved through effective diagnosis and treatment, 2000-2016.

Fact sheet on tuberculosis

MDR-TB cases

490 000people developed multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the world in 2016, an additional 110 000 people with rifampicin-resistant TB also required second line treatment in 2016.



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

Global TB report facts
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UNGA high-level meeting on TB

The United Nations General Assembly first-ever high-level meeting on tuberculosis (TB) aims to accelerate efforts in ending TB and reach all affected people with prevention and care. It will be convened by the President of the General Assembly in New York on 26 September 2018 under the theme “United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic”.

WHO's End TB Strategy

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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.

Global Ministerial Conference

The Global Ministerial Conference “Ending TB in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response” aims to accelerate country implementation of the WHO End TB Strategy in order to reach the End TB targets set by the World Health Assembly and the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Ministerial Conference will inform the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on TB in 2018.


WHO Director-General Dr Tedros video statement for World TB Day 2018

World TB day

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.

Advisory bodies

Activities of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for TB (STAG-TB), Task Force on TB Impact Measurement, Latent TB Infection Task Force, HIV/TB Task Force and the Task Force for New Drug Policy Development.

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