by Gemma Oberth
Global Fund Observer, 20 October 2016
In October 2015, the World Health Organization reported that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to halt and reverse TB incidence (MDG 6c) was achieved on a worldwide basis, in each of WHO’s six regions and in 16 of the WHO’s 22 high-burden countries. While this progress is commendable, recent evidence suggests the trend may be reversing. The most recent Global TB Report highlights that 10.4 million people fell ill with TB in 2015— 800,000 more than reported in 2014. Given that the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) commit the world to ending the TB epidemic by 2030, these statistics are worrying.