10 November 2015 SATVI responds to the WHO Report on the Threat of TB

10 Nov 2015 - 15:00

The South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative welcomes the release of the 2015 Global TB Report by the World Health Organisation.
As a TB research organisation whose primary focus is the development of a new, more effective TB vaccine, this is a very important report that marks annual progress in the global struggle towards “a world without TB”.

Worryingly, the report points out that in 2014 there were an estimated 9.6 million new TB cases, 5.4 million of which were among men, 3.2 million among women and 1.0 million among children, and 1.5 million TB deaths (1.1 million among HIV-negative people and 0.4 million among HIV-positive people), of which approximately 890,000 were men, 480,000 were women and 140,000 were children.

Disturbingly, South Africa is still ranked as a high burden country with the highest incidence rate of TB, with 834 per 100,000 population in 2014 - a devastating situation. However, hope can be taken from the finding that the gradual downward trend in SA annual TB incidence appears to continue. More hard work is needed to reach WHO goals for the End TB Strategy: to reduce the number of TB deaths by 90% by 2030 (compared with 2015 levels), cut new cases by 80% and ensure that no family is burdened with catastrophic costs due to TB. It is likely that these goals will only be met by new tools – including a new TB vaccine.

Click here to download the full report.