It caused the deaths of 1.7 million people in 2016, most of whom were from low- and middle-income countries. Treatment courses can be very costly and are often inaccessible.
The international TB community is committed to improving the lives of TB sufferers and finding ways to eliminate this disease once and for all. We hope that the UN General Assembly which took place in September 2018 will prove to be a major step forward in our quest.
If you are short of time, we recommend taking a look at the excellent factsheets that have been produced by the Stop TB Partnership, The Union, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Tuberculosis and the World Health Organization.
Additionally, the following reports provide more detail:
“The Price of a Pandemic 2017”: a report revealing the past, present and future cost of the TB epidemic to the global economy (a brief summary with some excellent map infographics, produced by the Global TB Caucus)
“Emerging issues in tuberculosis”: an update prepared for DFID health advisers by Dr Peter MacPherson
“Ending Tuberculosis”: a K4D Emerging Issues report by Dr Kerry Millington
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