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


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.

Organizations We Work With

  1. 2018 WHO Global TB Report 2018
  2. Stop TB Partnership 2017 Launch of Out of Step 2017
  3. TBA 2017  Maternal and Child Health
  4. 2018 Roadmap towards ending TB in children and adolescents
  5. 2018 WHO Global TB Report 2018
  6. 2016 Surveillance, Tuberculosis in Canada, 2016
  7. 2017 The Price of a Pandemic
  8. 2018 Political Declaration on the Fight against Tuberculosis
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