WHO calls for extra resources to step up fight against tuberculosis

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 20 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:631
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Governments need to scale up national programmes to fight and control tuberculosis, which remains a major cause of illness and death worldwide, says a new report from the World Health Organization.

In 2006 an estimated 9.2 million new cases and 1.7 million deaths from tuberculosis occurred worldwide, including 700 000 million cases and 200 000 deaths in HIV positive people, says WHO’s report. It estimates that the total number of cases in 2006 was 14.4 million.

Some progress has been achieved, the report says. The incidence per capita is falling worldwide, and the prevalence and death rate are also falling, and the decline is …

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