of the WHO Global Tuberculosis Control Report 2010
-- November 11, 2010 -- The World Health Organization today issued
its most comprehensive report ever on the progress being made
in combating the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic. The publication contains
the very latest data, and for the first time also includes online
profiles from 212 countries and territories.
"The findings in the Global Tuberculosis Control 2010 publication
confirm that when WHO's best practices are put in place, and with
the right amount of funding and commitments from governments,
we can turn the tide on the TB epidemic," said Dr Mario Raviglione,
Director of the WHO Stop TB Department. "Since 1995, we have
seen considerable improvements in the quality of TB care, and
these improvements are having a positive impact in some of the
world's poorest countries. Since 1995, 41 million people have
been cured and 6 million lives have been saved. These are major
successes that have been achieved largely without any 'magic bullet'."
"However, with 1.7 million people dying from tuberculosis
last year -- including 380,000 women, many of whom were young
mothers -- these successes are far too fragile. No government
is doing too much in TB. Commitments are being short-changed.
If governments are genuinely committed to stopping TB, they must
seize all the opportunities that are available right now and all
the opportunities that may come in the near future."
Among the successes highlighted in the report are:
mortality -- there has been a 35% drop in the TB death rate
since 1990 -- from a rate of 30 in 1990 to 20 per 100,000
population in 2009.
Incidence -- Rate per capita per 100,000 of people sick with
TB continues declining slowly.
Global Targets -- The world is on track to reach Millennium
Development Goal for TB incidence, and the Stop TB Partnership
2015 target for mortality.
of Care -- there has been major progress in improving access
to diagnosis and treatment, and also in the scale up of TB/HIV
intervention [and] laboratory strengthening
challenges still exist:
-- 1.7 million died in 2009 from what is a curable disease
-- though falling, it is falling too slowly. Under the current
rate of decline, TB will not be eliminated in our lifetime.
response -- the response is still insufficient and more efforts
are needed to scale up and strengthen programs, especially
with 440,000 new cases emerging each year, and that less than
5% of those cases being properly treated.
to right: Dr Stefan H. E. Kaufmann, Director, Max Planck
Institute for Infection Biology; Dr Robert Loddenkemper,
Secretary General, German Central Committee Against
Tuberculosis; Ms Gudrun Kopp, Parliamentary State Secretary,
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
(BMZ); Dr Mario Raviglione, Director, Stop TB Department,
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