08 September 2010

TB: 6 million lives saved so far

This is the first paper in The Lancet series of tuberculosis. This paper focuses on the prevalence and curing of millions of people.

During the period 1995-2008, 36 million people were cured from tuberculosis (TB) and up to 6 million lives were saved compared to the performance of TB control programs at the start of the DOTS era in 1995.

In the first paper in The Lancet series on Tuberculosis, Dr Mario Raviglione and Dr Knut Lönnroth, Stop TB Department, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland, and colleagues look at the global burden of TB and what needs to be done to eliminate it by 2050.


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