Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious airborne disease caused mainly by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which infects one-fourth of the world’s population. With timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment, further spread of the disease can be prevented. WHO/Europe supports the implementation of the End TB Strategy and works with key international and national partners to support Member States in the WHO European Region to eliminate TB.

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Drug resistant strains could become the dominant form of TB in Europe: it’s time to end TB

If the current situation continues, the majority of tuberculosis (TB) patients in the next generation could be suffering from drug resistant forms of the disease. The latest WHO/European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) report, “Tuberculosis surveillance and monitoring in Europe 2019 (2017 data)”, shows that the European Region is struggling to make sufficient progress to finally end TB.

Call for applications

WHO/Europe is calling for applications to the Structured Operational Research Training of the European Tuberculosis Research Initiative (ERI-TB).

Interested candidates must submit their applications no later than 20 September 2019

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World TB Day 2019

If Europe's TB patients were 100 people...

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Personal stories

Health workers, aid workers and patients are making a difference in the fight against TB.

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Multimedia

Video – Towards ending TB in the WHO European Region

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Data and statistics

10–15 people

If left untreated, each person with active TB infects, on average, this number of people every year.


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