4% annual decrease too slow to end TB by 2030

A new report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe indicates that the number of new tuberculosis (TB) patients has been decreasing at an average rate of 4.3% yearly in the last decade in the WHO European Region.

Despite being the fastest decline in the world, this trend is insufficient to achieve the target of ending the TB epidemic by 2030, as envisioned in the End TB Strategy and the Sustainable Development Goals. The new report was released ahead of World Tuberculosis Day, which this year called on global leaders to accelerate efforts to end TB once and for all.

To read more about efforts to end the TB epidemic on the WHO Europe website, go to: http://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre/sections/press-releases/2018/who-europeecdc-joint-press-release-4-annual-decrease-too-slow-to-end-tb-by-2030-call-for-europes-commitment-to-increase-investment-to-end-tb?utm_source=WHO%2FEurope+mailing+list&utm_campaign=b0784de77d-News_highlights_January_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_60241f4736-b0784de77d-93292493