Tuberculosis (TB) has killed more people than any other infectious disease in history.
TB remains a global public health crisis with an estimated 1.5 million people dying from the disease each year.
World TB Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the burden of TB worldwide and the status of TB prevention and control efforts.
Drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) , TB-HIV co-infection and inadequate tools to diagnose, treat and prevent TB are major drivers of the global epidemic. The Asia and Pacific regions carry 58 percent of the global burden of TB and 54 percent of DR-TB.
The World Health Organization estimates there were more than nine milion new TB cases and 480,000 people developed multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDRTB) in 2013.
Burnet + TB
Our unique approach to TB is centred on healthcare delivery through our international programs and is linked with research. It is focused on four key activity areas in Myanmar, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste:
- Epidemiology, surveillance and modelling
- TB diagnostics including novel diagnostic assays and laboratory capacity strengthening
- Innovative models of health care delivery, and operational and implementation research
- Capacity building for research within country programs and national research institutes.
Caption: TB mortality rates. First published in WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2014.
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