Senior WHO official calls for ‘urgent action’ to end tuberculosis by 2030

18 September 2018

Countries are not doing enough to end tuberculosis – the world’s deadliest infectious disease – by 2030, warned the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, at the release of the latest Global Tuberculosis Report.

The report shows that worldwide, tuberculosis (TB) cases are falling too slowly to meet the targets set by WHO’s End TB Strategy.

The deadly disease, which usually infects the lungs, remains one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, even though it’s fully treatable, said Dr. Tereza Kasaeva, the Director of the WHO’s Global TB Programme.

She spoke to Anton Uspenskiy of UN News, ahead of next week’s first ever high-level event on TB at UN Headquarters, calling for more global action.

Audio Credit:
Anton Uspenskiy, UN News
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