Around a quarter of the global population is estimated to be infected with the TB bacterium, with 5-10% of those developing active disease. TB preventative therapy (TPT) is given to people who have been exposed to TB infection (e.g., household contacts), who are infected with TB bacteria (i.e., people with latent disease), or who are at higher risk of developing the disease than the general population (e.g., people living with HIV) to destroy any TB bacteria before the development of active disease.
Countries committed at the 2018 UN High-Level Meeting on TB to provide TPT to 20 million household contacts 5 years old and over and 4 million contacts under 5 years old. By the end of 2020, countries were significantly behind in meeting these targets.
Source: 2021 WHO Global TB Report
The introducing New Tools Project (iNTP) is providing 3HR regimens to contacts of people diagnosed with TB to accelerate the much-needed scale-up of TPT in this group to reach UNHLM targets. TPT is being provided for treatment of 167,000 people across six countries.
Countries implementing TPT under the project
Availability through Stop TB Partnership's GDF
Medicines for TB Preventative Treatment are available at global access prices in Stop TB’s GDF Medicines Catalog.