A tuberculosis (TB) surveillance and monitoring report has been published by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The report details rates of TB since 2008, showing a significant drop in cases since 2010, from 460,232 to 269,859, across the WHO European region. Despite this decrease, the study warns that without urgent action, the WHO European region is on course to miss its sustainable development goal of eradicating TB by 2030.
This year, under the World TB Day (24 March) theme ‘It’s time’, the WHO is highlighting the need to accelerate the TB response in order to save lives and end suffering and build on commitments made by heads of state at the 2018 United Nations high-level meeting on TB.
Source: WHO Regional Office for Europe, 24 March 2020