In the 2020 WHO report on tuberculosis, deaths and cases fell worldwide over the last five years, with 60 million people saved since 2000.
The executive summary of the report read, “In 2014 and 2015, all Member States of WHO and the UN committed to ending the TB epidemic, through their adoption of WHO’s End TB Strategy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals,”
In the past five years, global incidence of TB fell by 9%. To add, this was not restricted to wealthy countries in places like Europe, which managed a 19% drop over the same period.
This fall in TB cases also took place among several poorer regions of the globe, like sub-Saharan and East Africa, with the nations of Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, and Lesotho contributing the most to a 16% reduced total continental case rate.
The cumulative total of TB deaths in the world also went down, falling 14% over the last five years. Europe, with its strong economies and widespread access to quality medical care, dropped the rate of TB death by 31% during this period, while Africa has made “good progress,” dropping theirs by a fifth with far fewer resources.
“At the end of 2019, global indicators for reductions in TB disease burden, improved access to TB prevention and care and increased financing were all moving in the right direction,” reads the 2020 report, after describing that annual financing for the End TB Strategy programs in 121 low and middle-income member states was about $500 million more than expenditures.