by Philippe Glaziou, Katherine Floyd, and Mario Raviglione et al.
The Global TB Caucus, 2017
Tuberculosis (TB) kills more people every year than any other infectious disease. People who are affected by TB face months, and sometimes years, of often difficult treatment and many suffer long-term physical and psychological consequences from the disease and the drugs used to treat it. Yet there is also a profound economic aspect to TB. The disease can impose profound costs on families, communities and entire countries, and is both a consequence and a cause of poverty. This report seeks to present the macroeconomic costs of the TB epidemic and show that, with a concerted effort to tackle the disease, political leaders could benefit from a significant economic dividend.