The World Health Organization estimates that 56 million people have been successfully treated for TB since 1995 as a result of global efforts to fight the illness. This is good news, but there is still much to be done.
Every day, more than 23,000 people fall ill with TB, and more than 3,500 of them die – despite the fact that TB is curable. Although the world has succeeded in reversing the incidence of TB by 2015, more funding, research and political commitment to TB is required to tackle TB in the longer term.
While rates of TB are falling globally, the UK is bucking that trend. Cases in the UK have been rising steadily since 1987, and now hover around 9,000 cases annually.