UN health task force outlines steps to fight drug-resistant tuberculosis

With the emergence of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) posing a serious threat to public health, particularly when associated with HIV, the United Nations health agency today called on countries to immediately strengthen their control of the disease.

Drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis spark concern from UN health agency

The World Health Organization (WHO) today expressed concern about the emergence of virulent strains of tuberculosis (TB) that are virtually untreatable with existing drugs and called for the strengthening of prevention measures.

UN special envoy urges intensified global efforts to fight tuberculosis

A United Nations special envoy today urged international donors and civil society to mobilize resources to stop tuberculosis (TB), a disease that, while curable, continues to kill at least 5,000 people every day.

Marking World TB Day, Annan hails plan to save 14 million lives

In a message marking World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for maximum support for plans to treat an additional 50 million people for the disease and save 14 million lives over the next 10 years.

Three of six world regions on track to reach TB-control targets: UN study

The Americas, south-east Asia and the western Pacific are on track to achieve targets for the control of tuberculosis (TB), though critical new challenges in Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean and Eastern Europe have pushed up worldwide rates, according to a report published today by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

UN health agency launches new ‘Stop TB’ strategy to treat 50 million people

In an effort to reduce the 1.7 million deaths caused by tuberculosis (TB) every year, a new strategy to fight the disease in its varied incarnations was launched today by the World Health Organization (WHO).

UN health agency hails multi-million dollar funding to fight TB pandemic

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today welcomed new multi-million dollar commitments to fight the global scourge of tuberculosis (TB) while calling for urgent action to fight the disease, which kills 2 million people every year.