The World Health Organization estimates that 37 million lives have been saved through effective diagnosis and treatment between 2000 and 2013. This is great news, but there is still much to be done.
Every day, more than 24,000 people fall ill with TB, and more than 4,000 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 began to rise steadily in 1987, and now hover around 8,000 cases annually.