"For too long, tuberculosis has not received sufficient attention. The result of this neglect is needless suffering: in 2010 alone, nearly 9 million people fell ill with TB and 1.4 million died, with 95 per cent of these deaths occurring in developing countries. These numbers make tuberculosis the second top infectious killer of adults worldwide… It is critical to support those who lack the means to respond with the care and treatment they need to enjoy healthy and productive lives. With the right interventions, we can make a major difference." - Statement of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, March 15, 2012.
Global death toll from tuberculosis since World TB Day on March, 24
2014, as estimated by the WHO/Stop TB Partnership.
In 2009, 1,700,000 people died as a result of tuberculosis.