Tuberculosis kills one person every 18 seconds.
It can be prevented, treated, and cured.
But many governments are failing patients with outdated policies and practices.
This has to change.
Tuberculosis, the world’s deadliest infectious disease, kills 1.8 million people a year.
These deaths are preventable. The latest diagnostic tests can quickly and accurately diagnose TB. New medicines have revolutionised treatment.
So why are people still dying? The 2015 Out of Step report by Stop TB Partnership and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) surveyed 24 countries and found that many are using outdated and ineffective policies, practices and tools for diagnosing and treating TB.
The Step Up for TB campaign is calling upon governments to urgently update their key practices in line with the World Health Organisation’s latest guidelines by World TB Day 2018.
The clock is ticking. You can help.
Sign our letter asking these 24 governments to Step Up for TB.
"The machines that can detect DR-TB in hours should be available world-wide so that everyone might have a chance of cure, in my case it took three weeks to get the TB results, by then I was so weak that I had to be hospitalised"
"Many countries are using outdated medicines and regimens with terrible side effects - vomiting, headaches, depression and confusion. Many face barriers to accessing testing and treatment – stigma, discrimination, poverty, and lack of knowledge. While I was cured, I lost several family members to MDR-TB"
"Can you imagine how DR-TB patients consume 15-20 pills per day for 2 years? We need shorter and safer drug regimens. People are dying of curable disease isn't that a reason enough to Step Up for TB"
"The MDR-TB drugs were difficult to import and weren’t registered with drug administration. But after raising our voices, I got the medicine I needed and they are now widely available"
In 2017, the Stop TB Partnership and MSF published this survey of TB treatment and diagnostic practices in 29 countries. The results show that many of these countries urgently need to bring their practices in line with international guidelines for the effective prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of this life-threatening disease.