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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Preventing the spread of tuberculosis in prisons – sharing lessons from Azerbaijan

Despite valuable progress, tuberculosis (TB) remains a major health problem in prisons. Within the WHO European Region, reported TB cases among prisoners are up to 30 times higher than in the general population; people in prisons are more likely to die from TB and less likely to be cured of the disease.


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Half of people with HIV in the WHO European Region are diagnosed late

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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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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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