Stop tuberculosis

A health worker tells a patient how to take her TB treatmentProper case management will lead to a TB-free Region.

The bacillus causing tuberculosis (TB) was identified in 1882, although the disease itself has been known for thousands of years. Yet, 132 years since the discovery of the bacillus, and 60 years since the discovery of the first anti-TB medicine, TB remains one of the major health problems for humanity. 

According to WHO estimates, the Region is responsible for about 6–7% of the global burden of TB, with an estimated 670 000 TB cases in 2013 and an incidence rate of 109 per 100 000 population.

WHO declared TB a global public health emergency in 1997. Since then, major progress has been made towards the Stop TB Strategy's global targets for 2015 and the TB-related Millennium Development Goal 6 (MDG 6). 

Countries have been making considerable efforts to improve their performance both in terms of the diagnosis and the treatment of TB.  



STOP TB - The Afghanistan Portraits

The photography exhibition "STOP TB - The Afghanistan Portraits" is an exhibition of portraits of people with TB taken by the international humanitarian photographer Laura Salvinelli in western Afghanistan. TB is...

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12 November 2013, Kabul, Afghanistan – A fire that destroyed the entire stock of tuberculosis (TB) drugs in Afghanistan’s central warehouse threatened to leave TB patients in the country without...

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Kuwait Patients Helping Fund Society purchases anti-TB medicine for Afghanistan and Pakistan, 19 March 2013

19 March 2013 – The Kuwait Patients Helping Fund Society is helping patients with TB in Afghanistan and Pakistan by purchasing anti-TB medicines. The medicines arrived at the central medical stores in...

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In focus

The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, in collaboration with the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), is pleased to announce the call for applications...

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The fifteenth meeting of the national tuberculosis programme managers in the Eastern Mediterranean Region on strategic planning and MDR management was held in Cairo, Egypt, from 9 to 12 December...

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workshop on research methodology and proposal development was held in Sana’a, Yemen, from 25 to 29 November 2012. The aim of the workshop was to develop protocols to address the challenges facing...

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