Fact sheet N°104
- Tuberculosis (TB) is a top infectious disease killer worldwide.
- In 2014, 9.6 million people fell ill with TB and 1.5 million died from the disease.
- Over 95% of TB deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, and it is among the top 5 causes of death for women aged 15 to 44.
- In 2014, an estimated 1 million children became ill with TB and 140 000 children died of TB.
- TB is a leading killer of HIV-positive people: in 2015, 1 in 3 HIV deaths was due to TB.
- Globally in 2014, an estimated 480 000 people developed multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).
- The Millennium Development Goal target of halting and reversing the TB epidemic by 2015 has been met globally. TB incidence has fallen by an average of 1.5% per year since 2000 and is now 18% lower than the level of 2000.
- The TB death rate dropped 47% between 1990 and 2015.
- An estimated 43 million lives were saved through TB diagnosis and treatment between 2000 and 2014.
- Ending the TB epidemic by 2030 is among the health targets of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals.
March 23, 2016
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