• Nigeria Equips Primary Health Care Centres With GeneXpert Machines To Accelerate TB Case Finding

    Abuja, 24 March 2017 - In keeping with the 2017 World Tuberculosis (TB) Day slogan of ‘Accelerating TB Case Finding and Treatment’, Nigeria is scaling up availability of GeneXpert machines country-wide in order to start reversing the country’s unflattering position of having highest burden of TB in Africa.
  • Partners Rally to End Tuberculosis in Sierra Leone

    FREETOWN, March 24th --- On World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, the Government of Sierra Leone together with the World Health Organization and CISMAT called for united action to end TB in Sierra Leone, which is one of 30 countries globally with a severe burden of the disease.
  • Uganda Ministry of Health launches the National Coordination Committee for Tuberculosis

    The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng launched the National Coordination Committee (NCC) for Tuberculosis (TB) at the Ministry of Health (MoH) headquarters in Kampala. The NCC is composed of a membership of different stakeholders in the health sector who include MoH, Health Development Partners, laboratory technicians, Civil Society Organisations, religious organizations, the armed forces and pharmacists.

2.7 million people

Almost 2.7 million people out of an estimated 9.6 million tuberculosis patients worldwide live in the African Region. 

1/3 of HIV deaths

TB is a leading killer of HIV-positive people. In 2015, 1 in 3 HIV deaths was due to TB.

10.1 million lives

Between 2000 and 2014, the implementation of the DOTS and Stop TB Strategy by Member States resulted in an estimated 10.1 million lives saved in the African Region.



The WHO Regional Office for Africa has also developed a framework for implementing the End TB Strategy in the African Region (2016 – 2020). This framework supports the adaptation and implementation of the Global Strategy in countries based on their contextual circumstances. Overall, the Region wants to reduce the number of TB deaths by 35%, the number of TB patients by 20% and attain 0% TB-affected families facing catastrophic costs due to TB.



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Global Tuberculosis report 2015

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On the road to ending TB: Highlights from the 30 highest TB burden countries (16 out of 30 are in Africa)