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The WHO Global Tuberculosis 2021 Report – not so good news and turning the tide back to End TB

Jeremiah, C; Petersen, E; Nantanda, R; Mungai, BN; Migliori, GB; Amanullah, F; Lungu, P; ... Zumla, A; + view all (2022) The WHO Global Tuberculosis 2021 Report – not so good news and turning the tide back to End TB. International Journal of Infectious Diseases 10.1016/j.ijid.2022.03.011. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To review the data presented in the 2021 WHO global TB report and discuss the current constraints in the global response. INTRODUCTION AND METHODS: The WHO global TB reports, consolidate TB data from countries and provide up to date assessment of the global TB epidemic. We reviewed the data presented in the 2021 report. RESULTS: We noted that the 2021 WHO global TB report presents a rather grim picture on the trajectory of the global epidemic of TB including a stagnation in the annual decline in TB incidence, a decline in TB notifications and an increase in estimated TB deaths. All the targets set at the 2018 United Nations High Level Meeting on TB were off track. INTERPRETATION AND CONCLUSION: The sub-optimal global performance on achieving TB control targets in 2020 is attributed to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, however, TB programs were already off track well before the onset of the pandemic, suggesting that the pandemic amplified an already fragile global TB response. We emphasize that ending the global TB epidemic will require bold leadership, optimization of existing interventions, widespread coverage, addressing social determinants of TB and importantly mobilization of adequate funding required for TB care and prevention.

Type: Article
Title: The WHO Global Tuberculosis 2021 Report – not so good news and turning the tide back to End TB
Location: Canada
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijid.2022.03.011
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2022.03.011
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of International Society for Infectious Diseases. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: COVID-19, END TB Strategy, MDR/XDR-TB, New tools, Tuberculosis, WHO 2021 Global TB Report
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Infection and Immunity
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10147538
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