Tuberculosis

Project HOPE helps countries fight the burdens of infectious diseases, focusing on TB and HIV/AIDS.

 

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Tuberculosis is the world’s deadliest infectious killer. Every day, more than 4,000 people lose their lives to TB, and as many as 30,000 people develop the disease.

TB can infect anyone of any age, but the chance of developing TB is higher for those in close contact with TB patients, especially children, as well as people living with HIV. People with HIV are 20 times more likely to become ill with TB. Even with treatment, people coinfected with HIV and TB are three times more likely to die from TB.

In 2018, 10 million people fell ill with TB, and 1.5 million died of the disease, including 251,000 people with HIV. Almost all cases and deaths occur in the world’s poorest communities, where preventative treatment and quality care is often out of reach. Global efforts to prevent and control TB have saved 58 million lives over the past two decades, but 1 in 3 people with TB do not have access to affordable and quality health care needed to treat the disease.