The World Health Organisation’s latest annual report on tuberculosis (TB) reveals that the world has met the Millennium Development Goal of reducing trends in new cases of TB, but that the disease still killed 1.5 million people in 2014.
According to the report, TB now ranks alongside HIV as a leading cause of death worldwide and an estimated 9.6 million fell ill with TB in 2014. About 13 percent of these cases were among people living with HIV. The report also notes that while the number of HIV-positive TB patient on antiretrovirals (ARV) has increased, ARV coverage among HIV-positive TB patients was only about 33 percent.
Finally, the report notes a funding gap of R19 billion for implementation of existing interventions in 2015. The most recent estimate of the annual funding gap for research and development is similar at about R18 billion.
Download the report: WHO Global TB Report 2015