World TB Day, 24 March 2018

Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world

2 February 2018 - The theme of World TB Day 2018 - “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world”- focuses on building commitment to end TB, not only at the political level with Heads of State and Ministers of Health, but at all levels from Mayors, Governors, parliamentarians and community leaders, to people affected with TB, civil society advocates, health workers, doctors or nurses, NGOs and other partners. All can be leaders of efforts to end TB in their own work or terrain.

UN General Assembly high-level meeting on ending TB

7 February 2018 - Heads of State will gather in New York in September this year at the United Nations General Assembly first-ever high-level meeting on tuberculosis (TB) to accelerate efforts in ending TB and reach all affected people with prevention and care. The high-level meeting on TB is a tremendous and unprecedented step forward by governments and all partners engaged in the fight against TB. It follows on from a very successful Ministerial Conference on Ending TB in Moscow on 16-17 November, 2017 which resulted in high-level commitments from Ministers and other leaders from 120 countries to accelerate progress to end TB.

fact buffet

Lives saved

53 millionlives were saved through effective diagnosis and treatment, 2000-2016.

Fact sheet on tuberculosis

MDR-TB cases

490 000people developed multidrug-resistant TB in the world in 2016.



2.3 billionUS dollars per year needed to fill resource gap for implementing existing TB interventions.

Global TB report facts
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Tweets from WHO


Emma Thompson, the British actress and Mayor of London’s TB Ambassador, speaking out on the importance of joining WHO and its partners to end TB.