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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World TB Day: leave no one behind

The WHO European Region marks World TB Day on 24 March 2017 under the global theme “Unite to end TB: leave no one behind”. This year, the focus for the Region is on the particular challenges faced by people living with tuberculosis (TB) and HIV coinfection. Detection and treatment of TB are often hampered for this group due to stigma and marginalization.

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Prevention and Care of TB and Drug-Resistant TB in Correctional Facilities

Deadline for submission: 27 April 2017


World TB Day 2017

TB/HIV coinfection in the WHO European Region

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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 – Tuberculosis 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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