Tuberculosis (TB) remains the world’s deadliest infectious killer. Each day, nearly 4,500 people lose their lives to TB and close to 30,000 people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease. Global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 54 million lives since the year 2000 and reduced the TB mortality rate by 42%.
To accelerate the TB response in countries to reach targets, heads of state came together and made strong commitments to end TB at the first-ever UN high level meeting in September 2018.
The theme of World TB Day 2019 is ‘It’s time’, which focuses on the urgency to act on the commitments made by global leaders.
Further information about World TB Day can be found on TRAVAX.
Source: WHO, 24 March 2019