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World Health Organization Global Tuberculosis Report 2012

On October 17, 2012 the World Health Organization released the Global Health Tuberculosis Report 2012. This report is the seventh in its series since WHO began publishing reports on tuberculosis (TB) in 1997. The report provides up-to-date information and analysis of TB prevalence, prevention, and control at global, regional, and country levels by using data from 204 countries and territories that account for 99 percent of tuberculosis prevalence.


Among the key findings of the report are that access to TB care has increased substantially. In the past fifteen years 51 million people have been cured from TB and 20 million people have been saved from TB. The report highlights progression in expanding access to TB care, reducing cases and deaths, implementing collaborative TB/HIV activities, and developing new drugs and vaccines.


The TB death rate has dropped more than 40 percent between 1990 and 2011 and the incidence of TB has been decreasing by 2 percent each year, yet this is still considered a far too slow of a decline. Despite these improvements, the global burden of TB is still large. Critical funding gaps for TB care, control, research, and development still remain as well as slow progress in responding to multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).