World Tuberculosis Day - 2017

24 Mar 2017

World Tuberculosis Day - marked each year on 24 March - gives the occasion to raise awareness about TB and to advocate for efforts to eliminate it.

​Tuberculosis (TB) has become the world’s leading single infectious disease killer, an unenviable title previously held by HIV/AIDS. It is therefore more important than ever to join forces against TB to successfully reach the goal of ending TB by 2030. 
‘Unite to end TB’ was the global theme for World Tuberculosis Day and it resonated as a reminder that we can overcome the challenge, we can end TB, provided we stand together.
Alongside the World Health Organization, ECDC published the joint report ‘Tuberculosis surveillance and monitoring in Europe 2017’, which gave a detailed overview of the TB situation in the whole European region.
Although the general downward trend in the number of cases is encouraging, it is not sufficient to end TB by the set target. This trend is also less visible in some vulnerable groups and, for TB patients co-infected with HIV, the TB treatment is less likely to succeed. 
Together with the EU/EEA countries, ECDC has gathered various online resources on tuberculosis, encompassing a range of locations, materials and languages. Sharing existing materials and information could play a role in inspiring and helping one another.
Combining efforts will provide the key to eliminate TB.

To mark World Tuberculosis Day 2017 - under the global theme ‘Unite to end TB’ - ECDC released a series of materials, available below. They range from the latest surveillance data for the EU/EEA region, the annual joint report with WHO, peer-reviewed publications, to a list of online resources on TB.  

Disease data from ECDC Surveillance Atlas - tuberculosis

The Surveillance Atlas of Infectious Diseases is a tool that interacts with the latest available data about a number of infectious diseases. The interface allows users to interact and manipulate the data to produce a variety of tables and maps.​​


Molecular typing for surveillance of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the EU/EEA

Surveillance report -

This report describes the geographical and temporal distribution of multidrug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) using molecular typing data reported by European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) Member States for 2015 and the preceding years.


TB/HIV co-infections up 40% across Europe over the last five years

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​New data released today by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the WHO Regional Office for Europe ahead of World TB Day show that new tuberculosis cases and deaths in the 53 countries of the WHO European Region declined each year by 4.3% and 8.5% respectively between 2011 and 2015. However, vulnerable groups for TB infection, such as people living with HIV, prisoners and migrants, do not benefit from this overall trend. In particular, new TB/HIV co-infections increased by 40% over the same time period.


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