Fact Sheet: The Challenge of Tuberculosis
Once thought nearly conquered, tuberculosis (TB) is now a global epidemic. With the combined threats of HIV, diabetes, and other chronic diseases, as well as the emergence of multi-drug resistant TB, the challenges of the disease are overwhelming national health systems. Yet TB is preventable, diagnosable, and curable. MSH is working in 42 countries with international, national, and local partners to strengthen the capacity of health systems, national TB programs, and health managers to prevent the spread of TB and improve the lives of those affected by it. Our approach strengthens health systems—building skills and sustainability, strengthening laboratory systems, ensuring continuous availability of medicines and supplies, integrating TB into HIV and other health services, and bolstering local leadership and management.