Despite being preventable and treatable, tuberculosis has devastating health, social and economic consequences. TB kills more people than any other infectious disease. The emergence of multidrug-resistant TB represents a threat to global health security. Millions of people live with the disease without treatment and continue to transmit the infection to others before succumbing themselves.
Because TB thrives in the shadows, among the poorest and most vulnerable communities, it has failed to win the political commitment and attention it deserves. But 2018 is the year for action against TB. An upcoming UN high-level meeting on TB is an opportunity to move it up the global health agenda, and secure the commitments and resources needed to meet the goal of ending TB as an epidemic by 2030.