Tuberculosis (TB)

WHO issues operational guidance and an eTool to help roll-out systematic screening for active TB

27 AUGUST 2015 ¦ GENEVA - Missed and delayed diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) can result in poor health outcomes for the affected individuals, catastrophic costs for their families, and continued transmission of TB to others in their communities. Systematic screening for active TB among those at the highest risk can complement other efforts to improve early detection and treatment of TB. WHO has issued an operational guide that provides practical advice on how to develop a national or local TB screening strategy. To further aid the process of prioritizing high-risk groups for screening and chose an appropriate screening and diagnostic algorithm, an eTool-ScreenTB has been developed, which helps estimate screening yield and cost of screening.

Report of the 2015 meeting of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for TB

21 AUGUST 2015 | Geneva | The report of the fifteenth meeting of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis (STAG-TB) is now available. The June 2015 meeting was organized by the WHO Global TB Programme, which provides the Secretariat for this premier advisory body for WHO's work in fighting TB. At the meeting, 20 STAG members were joined by 142 other participants, including technical, financing, civil society and academic partners, as well as WHO staff from across all six WHO regions.

WHO launches global consultation process to enhance engagement of nongovernmental and other civil society organisations in implementation of End TB Strategy

July 2015 | Geneva |The World Health Organization’s Global TB Programme is organizing a global consultative workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (11-13 November 2015) to enhance the engagement of nongovernmental (NGOs) and other civil society organisations (CSOs) in the implementation of the End TB Strategy in WHO’s member states. The workshop will be preceded by an online consultation, launched today, which seeks to identify critical areas and the main challenges that need to be discussed during the workshop. It will also provide an opportunity for NGOs and CSOs - both national and indigenous - to apply for WHO support to attend the workshop.

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.

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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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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.