Tuberculosis (TB)

Adolescent girl and her grandmother, Zimbabwe

World TB Day 2017
Unite to End TB: Leave no one behind

2017 is the second year of a two-year "Unite to End TB" campaign for World TB Day. This year, WHO will place a special focus on uniting efforts to "Leave No One Behind", including actions to address stigma, discrimination, marginalization and overcome barriers to access care.

UNICEF/G. Pirozzi
A health worker is distributing tuberculosis drugs to villagers in Bangladesh

UN General Assembly high-level meeting on TB to take place in 2018

15 December 2016 – WHO welcomes the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution passed today, calling for the UNGA to hold the first-ever high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis in 2018. WHO has been asked to work with the UN Secretary-General, in consultation with Member States, to conceptualize and plan the 2018 high-level meeting.

WHO//G Hampton

WHO advises on the use of multidisease testing devices for TB, HIV and hepatitis

22 June 2017 – The World Health Organization (WHO) released a new information note on “Considerations for adoption and use of multidisease testing devices in integrated laboratory networks”. The document, jointly prepared by the Global TB Programme and the Department of HIV and Global Hepatitis Programme, provides a strategic overview of key implementation considerations for diagnostic integration using testing devices for tuberculosis (TB), HIV and viral hepatitis.

fact buffet

Lives saved

49 millionlives were saved through effective diagnosis and treatment, 2000-2015.

Fact sheet on tuberculosis

MDR-TB cases

480 000people developed multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the world in 2015, an additional 100 000 people with rifampicin-resistant TB also required second line treatment in 2015.

Q&A on MDR-TB

Funding

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

Global TB report facts
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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.”

Strategy
A group portrait.

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.




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.

Emma Thompson, the British actress and Mayor of London’s TB Ambassador, speaking out on the importance of joining WHO and its partners to end tuberculosis, which kills over 4,000 people each day.