Global Economic Impact of Tuberculosis

A report for the Global TB Caucus, October 2017

22 pp. 341 kB

In this report the authors outline their estimates of the impact tuberculosis (TB) can have on economic development and growth. Their analysis estimates that, during the period of 2000-2015, TB related mortality caused the loss of US$ 616 bn and that, in the absence of radical actions to curb the disease, future TB related mortality may lead to a further loss of US$ 984 bn globally between 2015 and 2030 – a figure equivalent to the size of economy of the Netherlands in 2016. The forecasts indicate that the greatest burden of the disease falls on less developed countries in South East Asia and Africa. Some countries, such as Lesotho, are projected to have the size of their economy 3.2% smaller in GDP terms by 2030 due to the prevalence of TB.

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