Professor Giovanni Battista Migliori, Chair of WAidid working group on tuberculosis, suggests this week the recently published annual report on tuberculosis of the World Health Organization.
The main aim of the report is to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic, and of progress in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease at global, regional and country levels. This is done in the context of recommended global TB strategies and targets endorsed by WHO’s Member States and broader development goals set by the United Nations.
New data published by show that countries need to move much faster to prevent, detect, and treat the disease if they are to meet global targets. The report highlights the considerable inequalities among countries in enabling people with TB to access existing cost-effective diagnosis and treatment interventions that can accelerate the rate of decline in TB worldwide. The report also signals the need for bold political commitment and increased funding.
The report is available at: http://www.who.int/tb/publications/global_report/en/