Tuberculosis (TB)

WPRO leads partner efforts to strengthen capacity towards scaling up programmatic response to drug-resistant TB

12 April 2019 - Following the release of the 2018 WHO consolidated guidelines on the treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis, the Western Pacific Regional Office(WPRO) of WHO through its Green Light Committee (GLC) mechanism organized a consultant training workshop held from 27-29 March 2019 in Sydney, Australia. A total of 25 experts were equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills, including practical problem-solving, diplomacy and cultural competencies to ensure delivery of high quality support and constructive communication at all levels within the TB programme and government in line with WHO standards.

Accelerating action to end the TB and HIV epidemics in the Western Pacific Region

02 April 2019 - Inspired by commitments made at the first UN high level meeting on TB in 2018, the WHO Regional Office of the Western Pacific Region organised a ‘Joint TB and HIV programme managers meeting' to bring together key stakeholders to accelerate action to end the dual epidemics of TB and HIV in the region. The meeting with the theme: “Building Bridges to Strengthen our Responses” was held in Manila, Philippines on 12-14 March 2019, with a focus on revitalising primary health care towards achieving universal health coverage, supporting the rapid uptake of new guidelines, expanding access to diagnostics and new drugs, harnessing digital technologies and capitalizing on the changed financial landscape.

A new digital platform for timely analysis and use of TB data

22 March 2019 - The WHO Global TB Programme has developed and is supporting country implementation of a new digital platform to store, analyze and visualize national and subnational TB surveillance data. The platform will facilitate timely planning and programmatic action.

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Call For Contribution To The Public Consultation On The Development Of A Global Strategy For TB Research And Innovation

21 March 2019 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has produced a draft Global Strategy for Tuberculosis (TB) Research and Innovation (Global Strategy) for consideration by the World Health Assembly (WHA) at its 73rd session. The draft Global Strategy is now available online for comment.
Deadline: 8 May 2019.

New WHO recommendations to accelerate progress on TB

20 March 2019 - WHO has issued new guidance to improve treatment of multidrug resistant TB (MDR-TB). WHO is recommending shifting to fully oral regimens to treat people with MDR-TB. This new treatment course is more effective and is less likely to provoke adverse side effects. WHO recommends backing up treatment with active monitoring of drug safety and providing counselling support to help patients complete their course of treatment.
The recommendations are part of a larger package of actions designed to help countries increase the pace of progress to end tuberculosis (TB) and released in advance of World TB Day.

WHO issues updated recommendations on TB Infection Prevention and Control

14 March 2019 - The World Health Organization has just issued updated WHO guidelines on TB infection prevention and control. These guidelines outline a new evidence-based framework that promotes the implementation of an integrated package of Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) interventions based on administrative, engineering, and respiratory protection controls. This will contribute to cutting transmission and reducing the burden of TB illness and death to reach the global targets of the End TB Strategy and the political declaration of the UN High Level meeting on TB.

WHO’s Revamped Civil Society Task Force Determines Priority Actions to End TB

12 March 2019 - The World Health Organization’s (WHO) revamped Civil Society Task Force on TB (CSTF) held its first meeting on 7-8 March to identify key priorities for the period 2019-2020. Along with inputs from the WHO secretariat and key partners such as the Stop TB Partnership, The Union and the Global Fund, the Task Force outlined a roadmap with key priorities to ensure that community voices and actions are meaningfully reflected in WHO’s End TB response.

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Lives saved

54 millionlives were saved through effective diagnosis and treatment, 2000-2017.

Fact sheet on tuberculosis

MDR-TB cases

558 000people resistance to rifampicin (the most effective first-line drug) globally in 2017, of which 82% had Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB).



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

Global TB report facts

UNGA high-level meeting on TB

The United Nations General Assembly first-ever high-level meeting on tuberculosis (TB) aims to accelerate efforts in ending TB and reach all affected people with prevention and care. It will be convened by the President of the General Assembly in New York on 26 September 2018 under the theme “United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic”.

World TB day

World TB Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the burden of tuberculosis (TB) worldwide and the status of TB prevention and control efforts.

Global Ministerial Conference

The Global Ministerial Conference “Ending TB in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response” aims to accelerate country implementation of the WHO End TB Strategy in order to reach the End TB targets set by the World Health Assembly and the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Ministerial Conference will inform the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on TB in 2018.


WHO Director-General Dr Tedros video statement for World TB Day 2018

WHO's End TB Strategy

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The strategy aims to end the global TB epidemic, with targets to reduce TB deaths by 95% and to cut new cases by 90% between 2015 and 2035, and to ensure that no family is burdened with catastrophic expenses due to TB.

Advisory bodies

Activities of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for TB (STAG-TB), Task Force on TB Impact Measurement, Latent TB Infection Task Force, HIV/TB Task Force and the Task Force for New Drug Policy Development.

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