The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
A global disease that affects millions
Tuberculosis remains the world’s leading infectious disease killer. This preventable and curable illness claims three lives every minute.*
Tuberculosis, commonly known as 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 …