Tuberculosis (TB)

WHO issues policy update and implementation manual on the use of Xpert MTB/RIF

24 April 2014 | Geneva | WHO has issued a policy update on the Xpert MTB/RIF assay for the diagnosis of TB in adults and children. An accompanying implementation manual has been developed which takes into consideration the current body of evidence and operational experiences available, in the context of the Policy update. There has been an unprecedented uptake of Xpert MTB/RIF following the release of WHO’s policy in 2010. By the end of March 2014, more than 2,300 GeneXpert instruments and more than 6 million Xpert MTB/RIF cartridges had been procured in the public sector in 104 countries eligible for concessional prices.

BRICS countries call for united action to advance global progress against TB

WHO/ S. Nuttall

24 March| GENEVA - BRICS countries have joined together on World TB Day to call for united action against tuberculosis (TB) – a disease responsible for more deaths in the last 200 years than any other disease. By prioritizing TB in domestic investments, BRICS countries aim to control and ultimately eliminate TB.

World TB Day 2014: Reach the 3 million

21 March 2014| Geneva | About 3 million people are “missed” each year by health systems and many therefore do not get the TB care that they need and deserve. On World TB Day this year, WHO along with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and the Stop TB Partnership call for a global effort to find, treat and cure all those ill with TB and accelerate progress towards zero TB deaths, infections, suffering and stigma.

Progress in diagnosing MDR-TB:
Innovative project expands access to new tests


GENEVA | 20 MARCH 2014| Almost half a million people fell ill with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in 2012, yet less than one in 4 of these people was diagnosed, mainly due to a lack of access to quality diagnostic services.
But with an innovative international project, 27 countries are making promising progress in diagnosing MDR-TB, says the World Health Organization (WHO) in the lead-up to World TB Day, 24 March. The project known as EXPAND-TB (Expanding Access to New Diagnostics for TB), financed by UNITAID, helped to triple the number of MDR-TB cases diagnosed in participating countries.

Top stories

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.