On March 24, World TB Day 2014, PATH joins global health leaders and partners around the world in encouraging work to ensure that everyone with tuberculosis (TB)–including the estimated 3 million people whose illnesses remain undetected–has access to high-quality care, including diagnosis, treatment, and cure.
Of the estimated 8.6 million people who developed TB in 2012, the latest year for which statistics are available, nearly a third were missed by national notification systems. TB, a curable disease that has infected one-third of the world’s population, killed an estimated 1.3 million people in 2012. Drug-resistant TB cases are also increasing.
Working to control TB worldwide
With funding from the US Agency for International Development, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other donors, PATH is working with countries around the world to implement high-quality TB control programs. We use the information we’ve gained in our work to inform global policies and enhance global partnerships. To fight TB, we:
- Work with partners and coalitions to introduce and expand the use of innovative tools to diagnose TB and drug-resistant TB.
- Reach out to patients and health care providers and encourage innovative collaboration between the public and private sectors in health care to improve diagnosis and care.
- Involve civil societies to raise community awareness of the dangers of TB and strengthen community involvement in referral, diagnosis, and treatment.
- Scale up efforts to integrate services for TB and HIV, diabetes, and child health in places where high rates of HIV, diabetes, and childhood TB pose added challenges.
- Integrate TB screening into other health services in order to support global efforts to find undetected TB cases.
Posted March 21, 2014.