On 17 October 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its annual global report on tuberculosis (TB).
The report shows that more people received life-saving treatment for TB in 2018 than ever before, largely due to improved detection and diagnosis.
Throughout the world, seven million people were diagnosed and treated for TB, an increase from 6.4 million in 2017, enabling the world to meet one of the milestones towards the United Nations political declaration targets on TB.
The report also shows that 2018 saw a reduction in the number of TB deaths, with 1.5 million deaths reported, a decrease from the 1.6 million reported in 2017. The number of new cases of TB has declined in recent years but the burden remains high among low-income and marginalised populations, with nearly 10 million people developing TB in 2018.
The findings underline that the world must accelerate progress if it is to reach the Sustainable Development Goal of ending TB by 2030. The report also notes that an estimated three million people with TB are still not getting the care required.
The report covers a range of other issues relating to TB including care and prevention, issues relating to drug resistant TB, addressing the co-epidemics of TB and HIV, preventive treatment, uptake of new drugs and regimens and financing the global response.
Source: WHO, 17 October 2019