Did you know….

  • TB kills three people every minute
  • About a quarter of the world’s population is infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria
  • TB is the leading killer of people living with HIV
  • A total of 1.5 million people died from TB in 2018 (including 251,000 people with HIV)


Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the causative agent of the disease tuberculosis (TB), is estimated to infect one-fourth of the world’s population, resulting in approximately 1.5 million deaths each year. The emergence of multidrug- and extensively drug-resistant Mtb strains and the variable efficacy of the currently used vaccine, M. bovis Bacille Calmette Guerin (BCG), are barriers to the global control of TB.  More>>