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The WHO Global Tuberculosis 2021 Report – not so good news and turning the tide back to End TB

Muhwa, Jeremiah, Petersen, Eskild, Nantanda, Rebecca, Mungai, Brenda N., Migliori, Giovanni Battista, Amanullah, Farhana, Lungu, Patrick, Ntoumi, Francine, Kumarasamy, Nagalingeswaran, Maeurer, Markus and Zumla, Alimuddin (2022) 'The WHO Global Tuberculosis 2021 Report – not so good news and turning the tide back to End TB'. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vol 124, Issue S1, S26-S29.

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To review the data presented in the 2021 WHO global TB report and discuss the current constraints in the global response.

Introduction and methods

The WHO global TB reports, consolidate TB data from countries and provide up to date assessment of the global TB epidemic. We reviewed the data presented in the 2021 report.


We noted that the 2021 WHO global TB report presents a rather grim picture on the trajectory of the global epidemic of TB including a stagnation in the annual decline in TB incidence, a decline in TB notifications and an increase in estimated TB deaths. All the targets set at the 2018 United Nations High Level Meeting on TB were off track.

Interpretation and conclusion

The sub-optimal global performance on achieving TB control targets in 2020 is attributed to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, however, TB programs were already off track well before the onset of the pandemic, suggesting that the pandemic amplified an already fragile global TB response. We emphasize that ending the global TB epidemic will require bold leadership, optimization of existing interventions, widespread coverage, addressing social determinants of TB and importantly mobilization of adequate funding required for TB care and prevention.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Administration and Organization > WA 530 International health administration
WF Respiratory System > Tuberculosis > WF 200 Tuberculosis (General)
WF Respiratory System > Tuberculosis > WF 205.1 General coverage
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
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Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2022 10:20
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2023 13:28


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