TB is the deadliest infectious diseases in the world. In 2015, an estimated 10.4 million people fell ill with TB and 1.8 million died from TB disease.

Tuberculosis mostly affects adults. However, all age groups are at risk. Over 95% of cases of TB disease and deaths are in developing countries. In 2015, one million children (0-14 years) fell ill with TB, and 170 000 children died from TB disease.

Responding to the TB epidemic

The TB death rate dropped 47% between 1990 and 2015. An estimated 43 million lives were saved through TB diagnosis and treatment between 2000 and 2014.

Ending the TB epidemic by 2030 is among the health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Read more about the TB epidemic in the World Health Organization factsheet

Read more about Saving lives: the END TB strategy, and KNCV’s response to the TB epidemic.