WHO Urges the Governments to Act Faster Against TuberculosisCreated by:
According to "Global Tuberculosis Report” published by WHO recently, countries need to move much faster to prevent, detect, and treat the disease if they are to meet global targets to end the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. They include a 90% reduction in TB deaths and an 80% reduction in TB cases by 2030 compared with 2015.
The report highlights the significant inequalities among countries in providing TB patients with an existing cost-effective diagnosis and treatment interventions that can accelerate the rate of decline in TB worldwide. The report also signals the need for stronger political commitment and increased funding.
While efforts to respond to TB saved more than 3 million lives in 2015, the report shows that the TB burden is actually higher than previously estimated, reflecting new surveillance and survey data from India.
In 2015, there were an estimated 10.4 million new TB cases worldwide. Six countries accounted for 60% of the total burden, with India bearing the brunt, followed by Indonesia, China, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa.