The world made significant progress last year in finding and treating people with new tuberculosis cases, but overall progress is still well below what is needed to achieve the goal of halting the global TB epidemic by 2030, the World Health Organization said in its annual TB report.

The report, released yesterday, says 7 million of the estimated 10 million people with new TB cases in 2018 were diagnosed and treated, up from 6.4 million the year before, and the death toll dropped to 1.5 million, from 1.6 million in 2017. The 7 million figure matches a goal set by the United Nations last year.

As in past years, the report paints a very mixed picture, with considerable progress in some categories and some regions and countries, but with many gaps persisting.

“Today we mark the passing of the first milestone in the effort to reach people who’ve been missing out on services to prevent and treat TB,” said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, in a WHO press release.

“This is proof that we can reach global targets if we join forces together, as we have done through the Find.Treat.All.EndTB joint initiative of WHO, Stop TB Partnership and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.”

Goals for beating the disease

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