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Tuberculosis (TB) is a centuries old disease that kills 1.5 million people every year. While there are effective treatments, failure to complete them properly and mismanagement of TB medicines result in a resurgence of TB that resists our available treatment tools. Without careful stewardship and aggressive treatment, TB could once again become an untreatable worldwide concern.
USAID is working in 26 countries to improve TB services. These efforts save lives and prevent the spread of TB. By acting in a concerted manner on TB now, we can reduce the potential of drug-resistant TB in the future.
During 2015–2019, the U.S. Government will focus its efforts and resources on four key technical areas, which are vital to effectively addressing the global TB epidemic:
- Improved Access to High Quality, Patient-Centered TB, DR-TB, TB-HIV Services: All individuals affected by TB deserve access to high-quality, patient-centered, and affordable TB diagnostic, treatment, and care services.
- Prevention of Transmission and Disease Progression: The U.S. Government is working to reduce TB transmission and disease progression through increased and targeted screening for active TB; prompt initiation of appropriate treatment for TB patients; improved infection control measures; and improved management of latent TB infections.
- Strengthened TB Platforms: The U.S. Government is working with country partners to address health system constraints and strengthen TB service delivery platforms.
- Accelerated Research and Innovation: The U.S. Government is supporting the development and uptake of new, more effective tools and approaches for preventing, detecting, and treating TB.
Mary is five years old and lives in Africa. A community health worker helped her realize that her persistent cough may be TB. Watch this video to learn about Mary's story and the challenges of childhood TB.
Last updated: April 13, 2015