A global disease that affects millions

Tuberculosis (TB) remains the world’s leading infectious disease killer. This preventable and curable illness claims three lives every minute.*

​TB infects people irrespective of age and gender, across geographic boundaries. The global health community has been actively battling the disease for years and great advances have been made in preventing and curing TB worldwide. Deaths caused by the disease dropped by ​47 percent between 1990 and 2015, with an estimated 43 million lives saved between 2000 and 2014. Still, with over nine million new cases being diagnosed each year, there is much to be done.** 

In recognition of World TB Day, we are shining a light on some of the lives that have been affected by this disease: From the women, men and children who have been infected, and the families and friends who suffer because a loved one is ill, to the tireless health-workers who battle TB every day.

A selection of images from around the world tells the story …


This health worker uses a horse to collect the sputum samples needed to diagnose TB in patients from remote areas of Lesotho. Photo: Sam Nuttall


In Myanmar, a mother and her children wait in a mobile TB clinic. Photo: 3MDG Fund/UNOPS


Old and young, Afghan women and girls wait to be tested for TB. Photo: Riccardo Venturi​


This prison window in Moldova reminds us that prisoners in the country are especially vulnerable to TB. Photo: Daniel Rochkind​


Little Indonesian girls take their TB medicine with a glass of milk. Photo: Stop TB Partnership​


In Estonia, this TB patient receives a visitor in hospital. Photo: Riccardo Venturi for Otsuka

* Stop TB Partnership** WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2015​