The Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Tuberculosis works with the TB community to advance global efforts to end tuberculosis by 2030. The UN Special Envoy advocates for financial, political, scientific, and technical support necessary to achieve this ambitious goal.
The work of the UN Special Envoy is supported by a World Health Organization (WHO) Secretariat based in the Global TB Programme, which provides guidance for the Special Envoy’s key activities.
4100 people a day die from TB, surpassing HIV/AIDS as the leading infectious disease killer in the worldREAD MORE
XDR-TB develops when there is severe drug resistance. It responds to very few drugs and it is often difficult to find the drug that can treat XDR-TBREAD MORE
TB is caused by bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) that mostly affect the lungs. TB is preventable, treatable and curableREAD MORE
People who are most at risk include those with compromised immune systems, such as people living with HIV, malnutrition or diabetes, or people who use tobaccoREAD MORE
97% percent of TB cases worldwide respond to the standard treatment, but the world is not confronting the increasing resistance to drugs to tackle TB.READ MORE
TB disease is treated with a standard six-month course of four antimicrobial drugs that are provided with information, supervision and support to the patient by a health worker or trained volunteer. Without such support, treatment adherence can be difficult and the disease can spread. If medicines are prescribed and taken properly, more than 95% of TB cases can be curedREAD MORE
An estimated one million children became ill with TB and 140,000 children died of TB in 2014READ MORE