Tuberculosis (TB)

WHO launches The Essentials to help guide implementation of the End TB Strategy

Geneva, 16 May - 2016 is the first year of implementation of the WHO End TB Strategy in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Agenda, both of which include the aim of ending the TB epidemic. To support the work ahead, the World Health Organization’s Global TB Programme is issuing today operational guidance, The Essentials, for effective adaptation and implementation of the new Strategy as was requested by Member States during the 2014 World Health Assembly.

WHO calls on countries and partners to Unite to End Tuberculosis

In advance of World TB Day, to be observed on 24 March, WHO is calling on countries and partners to "Unite to End Tuberculosis". The call comes as we enter the era of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ending tuberculosis (TB) by 2030 is a target of the SDGs and the goal of the WHO End TB Strategy. Ending TB will only be achieved with greater collaboration within and across governments, and with partners from civil society, communities, researchers, the private sector and development agencies.

Tuberculosis mortality nearly halved since 1990

A field worker interviews a woman holding her infant, writing notes in a book.
Vanessa Vick

28 October 2015 -- The fight against tuberculosis is paying off, with this year’s death rate nearly half of what it was in 1990. However TB ranks alongside HIV as a leading cause of death worldwide. 1.5 million people died from TB in 2014. Most of these deaths could have been prevented, according to WHO’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2015, which was released today in Washington.

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Lives saved

43 millionlives were saved through effective diagnosis and treatment, 2000-2014.

Fact sheet on tuberculosis

MDR-TB cases

480 000people developed multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the world in 2014.



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

Global TB report facts
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