Taking forward the Stop TB Partnership and World Health Organization joint theme for World TB Day March 24th 2018 - "Wanted: Leaders for a TB-Free World. You can make history. End TB"

Tiberi, Simon and Petersen, Eskild and Maeurer, Markus and Ntoumi, Francine and Yeboa-Manu, Dorothy and Mwaba, Peter and Vilaplana, Cris and Dar, Osman and Bates, Matthew and Corrah, Tumena and Rao, Martin and Kapata, Nathan and Azhar, Esam I and Memish, Ziad A and Mfinanga, Sayoki and Aseffa, Abraham and Ippolito, Giuseppe and Migliori, Giovanni Battista and Zumla, Alimuddin (2018) Taking forward the Stop TB Partnership and World Health Organization joint theme for World TB Day March 24th 2018 - "Wanted: Leaders for a TB-Free World. You can make history. End TB". International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 68 . pp. 122-124. ISSN 1201-9712

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Abstract

World TB Day, March 24th commemorates the day in March 1882 when Professor Robert Koch made the groundbreaking announcement in Berlin of his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis as the cause of Tuberculosis (TB) (Koch, 1882). At the time of his announcement, there was a deadly TB epidemic, rampaging throughout Europe and the Americas, causing the death of one out of every seven people. Since Koch’s announcement, Mycobacterium tuberculosis has defied worldwide efforts by public health systems, researchers, governments and the World Health Organization (WHO) to eradicate it. The data presented in the WHO Global TB Report 2017 (World Health Organization, 2017a) makes very gruesome reading. In 2016 there were an estimated 10.4 million people who developed TB disease worldwide, of which 90% were adults, 35% female and 10% were HIV-co-infected people. An estimated 40% of active TB cases go undiagnosed each year. One hundred and thirty-six years since Koch’s announcement, TB remains a major global public health issue and TB has surpassed HIV/AIDS and malaria as the world’s top cause of death from an infectious disease! On World TB Day, March 24th, 2018, we need to reflect on the current status quo of the continuing devastating global TB epidemic.

Keywords:Tuberculosis
Subjects:A Medicine and Dentistry > A300 Clinical Medicine
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:31506
Deposited On:05 Apr 2018 09:51

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