TUBERCULOSIS



Tuberculosis (TB) is a curable and preventable disease that claimed 1.6 million lives in 2016 [WHO Global TB Report] That’s more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and Ebola combined. Progress in the fight against this ancient disease is stagnant. We desperately need global political commitment and increased investments at the highest level.

Other Resources:

Canada Civil Society Sign-on Letter

TB REACH in Action: Care, cure and prevention for the hardest to reach

DOWNLOAD TB FACT SHEET

From Policy to Practice: How the TB-HIV Response Is Working

HLM Policy Issue 1: TB and HIV

HLM Policy Issue 2: TB and Gender

Quick Facts

  • TB is the number one infectious killer.[1]
  • Every 18 seconds someone dies of TB.[2]
  • TB accounts for 6-15% of all maternal deaths.[3]
  • TB kills 200,000 children each year.[4]
  • The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and malaria is the world’s largest funder of TB care and control.
  • TB kills over 4000 people every day. [5]
  • TB is more deadly than HIV and malaria combined
  • TB is a truly global disease. In Canada, TB rates are relatively low but aren’t declining and over 1,700 people fell ill with TB in 2016. [6]
  • TB is a family and community disease: a heavy burden falls on caregivers, often women and economically impacts a family and community.
    • It is estimated that TB will cost the global economy a trillion dollars by 2030. [7]
  • The ways we currently and most commonly use to diagnose and treat TB are too old, toxic and often ineffective, which has led to drug resistance and survivors with life-long disabilities due to drug side effects.
    • Globally we face a gap of $1.3 billion/year in R&D for TB.
  • No matter where you live, you have a right to health. People suffering from TB are too often neglected and marginalized – they face barriers in access to health care, nutrition, clean air, and good housing. Fighting TB is a fight for human rights.

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Footnotes
  1. 2018 WHO Global TB Report 2018 http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/274453/9789241565646-eng.pdf?ua=1
  2. Stop TB Partnership 2017 Launch of Out of Step 2017 http://www.stoptb.org/news/stories/2017/ns17_042.asp
  3. TBA 2017  Maternal and Child Health https://www.tballiance.org/why-new-tb-drugs/maternal-and-child-health
  4. 2018 Roadmap towards ending TB in children and adolescents http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/274374/9789241514668-eng.pdf?ua=1
  5. 2018 WHO Global TB Report 2018 http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/274453/9789241565646-eng.pdf?ua=1
  6. 2016 Surveillance, Tuberculosis in Canada, 2016 https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/reports-publications/canada-communicable-disease-report-ccdr/monthly-issue/2018-44/issue-3-4-march-1-2018/article-1-tuberculosis-2016.html
  7. 2017 The Price of a Pandemic https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/309c93_56d4ef0e87d24667b1d3edae55f6eeb5.pdf
  8. 2018 Political Declaration on the Fight against Tuberculosis https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/09/Co-facilitators-Revised-text-Political-Declaraion-on-the-Fight-against-Tuberculosis.pdf
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