WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2018


Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, and the leading cause of death from a single infectious agent. In 2017, an estimated 10 million people fell ill with TB, and 1.6 million died from the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) is the global leader in providing guidance and support for TB prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.

The WHO Global Tuberculosis Report is an annual publication that provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress in the response at global, regional and country levels. The report also includes an overview of the latest innovations and research developments in TB diagnostics, drugs and vaccines.

The 2018 edition of the global TB report was released on 18 September 2018, in the lead up to the first-ever UN High Level Meeting on TB on 26 September 2018. The report presents data from 194 countries and territories that reported to WHO in 2018, covering 99% of the world`s population. The report highlights the achievements and challenges in the global fight against TB, and calls for urgent action to accelerate progress towards ending TB by 2030.

The full report and executive summary of the WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2018 are available for download from the WHO website. The full report is a comprehensive document that provides detailed information on the global and regional burden of TB, the progress and challenges in TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment, the financing and implementation of TB programmes, and the research and development of new tools and strategies to combat TB. The executive summary is a shorter document that highlights the main findings and messages of the report. Both documents are in PDF format and can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

The report was first posted on 18 September 2018, in the lead up to the first-ever UN High Level Meeting on TB on 26 September 2018. The data in this report are updated annually. Please note that direct comparisons between estimates of TB disease burden in the latest report and previous reports are not appropriate. The most recent time-series of estimates are published in the 2018 global TB report. Minor updates were made to the report as follows:

  • 21 September 2018: corrections made in Table 3.6 and Figure 6.2.2
  • 9 October 2018: Annex 3 and Annex 4 were added
  • 11 October 2018: a minor update to figure 3.25
  • 30 October 2018: a minor update to box 4.3.

The report is also accompanied by a set of online annexes that provide additional data and information on various aspects of TB. These annexes can be accessed from the WHO website or by clicking on the link below: