Annual Report 2017
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia, 2017
TB is the largest killer among communicable diseases in the 15 to 49 age group, when humans are most productive. TB accounts for the highest DALYs or workdays lost each year among the communicable diseases. TB is the leading cause of death among people with HIV. A well ventilated room that allows sunlight reduces risk of TB transmission. Treating a drug-resistant TB case can cost as much as US$ 5000. A dollar invested in TB gives a return of US$ 43. Can we “bend the curve”? Yes, we can. We have to do much more, and do it fast. All this will be possible only if there is a strong commitment from the political leadership of each country to address multiple challenges, including high levels of multidrug-resistant TB, low financial allocations, and weak health systems.