10 million lives saved and 45 million TB cases avoided with Stop TB Partnership 5-year investment plan

The Stop TB Partnership launches the new Global Plan to End TB 2016-2020 - The Paradigm Shift

The world is losing its battle with tuberculosis (TB), which is now the biggest infectious killer globally, causing 1.5 million deaths every year. Without a clear investment plan and a complete overhaul in how this disease is tackled, TB is unlikely to be eliminated until the end of the 22nd century, and the world will miss the recently announced Sustainable Development Goal to end TB by 2030.

This will require a US$ 56 billion investment package from 2016-20, which will see 29 million people with TB receive treatment; save more than 10 million lives and prevent 45 million people from getting ill with TB. This investment will offer a huge return for affected individuals, their families, and their communities, and one of the highest returns on investment of any health intervention - an estimated US$ 85 for each dollar invested. This is clearly outlined in the new Global Plan to End TB 2016 -2020 launched by Stop TB Partnership.

The battle with TB cannot be won without new tools. For this, as part of the total package, the Global Plan calls for a US $9 billion investment needed for vital research and development to create a vaccine that protects people of all ages against TB, highly sensitively rapid diagnostic tests that can be implemented at the point of care, and drug regimens (including for drug-resistant TB) that are highly effective and non-toxic. Read more...

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