WHO identifies 16 countries struggling to control tuberculosis

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 28 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:955
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. BMJ

    The World Health Organisation has pointed a finger at 16 countries who are not making progress in tackling tuberculosis. The WHO said that as a result their 1991 target of controlling the disease by 2000 would not now be reached.

    Twenty two countries account for 80% of the cases of tuberculosis worldwide. Only three of these countries—Peru, Tanzania, and Vietnam—have made good progress in controlling the disease by using the WHO's recommended treatment strategy known as the directly observed treatment short course (DOTS). Bangladesh, China, and the Democratic Republic of Congo are making …

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