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Change gear and speed up global efforts to end TB altogether: WHO
The world community is observing the World TB Day today with the theme "Unite to End TB" with awareness campaigns. The event also commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis.

According to WHO, tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries. It has urged the world community to 'Change gear and speed up global efforts to end TB altogether'.

Every year TB newly infects 8.6 million people and claims 1.3 million lives globally and the disease disproportionately affects the poor. Crowded living conditions, poor ventilation and under-nutrition make an individual more likely to develop TB, informs WHO. "This is unacceptable, particularly when this suffering is associated with a disease that is both treatable and curable," states WHO.  

Last year at the World Health Assembly, governments agreed on ambitious new 20-year (2016-2035) strategy to end the global TB epidemic by envisioning a world free of TB with zero deaths, disease and suffering.

WHO as usual has called on governments, affected communities, civil society organizations, health-care providers, and international partners to join the drive to roll out this strategy and to reach, treat and cure all those who are ill today.

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