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Nov 9, 2023

TB needs more response: WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) 2023 Global tuberculosis (TB) report shows an encouraging trend starting to reverse the detrimental effects of COVID- 19 disruptions on TB services underscoring a significant recovery worldwide.

Featuring data from 192 countries and areas, the report shows that 7.5 million people were diagnosed with TB in 2022, making it the highest figure recorded since WHO began global TB monitoring in 1995.

Globally, an estimated 10.6 million people fell ill with TB in 2022, up from 10.3 million in 2021.

Geographically, in 2022, most people who developed TB were in the WHO Regions of South-East Asia (46%), Africa (23%) and the Western Pacific (18%), with smaller proportions in the Eastern Mediterranean (8.1%), the Americas (3.1%) and Europe (2.2%).

The total number of TB-related deaths (including those among people with HIV) was 1.3 million in 2022, down from 1.4 million in 2021. However, during the 2020-2022 period, COVID-19 disruptions resulted in nearly half a million more deaths from TB. TB continues to be the leading killer among people with HIV.

As TB remained the world’s second leading infectious killer in 2022, WHO reports that global efforts to combat TB have saved over 75 million lives since the year 2000.

Also, responding to the rapidly changing climate, the World Health Organization (WHO) has unveiled a new Operational framework for building climate resilient and low carbon health systems.

As global temperatures rise and extreme weather events become increasingly common, WHO’s Framework provides a visionary path to addressing this challenge, with a core mission to protect and improve the health of populations.

The Framework was developed following the request for WHO support by Ministers of Health from over 75 countries to build climate resilient and low-carbon sustainable health systems.