The world needs to hurry up if global targets to stamp out tuberculosis—the world’s deadliest infectious killer—are going to be met, according to the WHO’s latest report.
Impressive gains deserve recognition:
- Europe is on track to meet 2020 targets of the WHO End TB Strategy.
- The Africa Region has slashed TB deaths 19% in 5 years, WHO notes.
But overall, efforts are lagging:
- Amid pandemic service disruptions, TB deaths could reach 1.6–1.8 million deaths in 2020—up from 1.4 million in 2019.
- In 2019, an estimated 3 million TB diagnoses went unreported.
- TB treatment efforts are only about a third of the way to the 5-year target of 40 million by 2022.
Underlying all of this:
- A massive funding gap. Just half of the $13 billion funding target for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care has been secured.