Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) issues five key points, critical to addressing tuberculosis epidemic

Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, March 24, 2017 – In support of World TB Day, 24 March, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) urges action on five united strategies to ensure the aim of ending tuberculosis (TB) by 2030 becomes achievable, despite new and emerging challenges.

TB is preventable and curable, yet it remains one of the world’s most pressing public health challenges and is one of the five* chronic conditions that most contribute to the global burden of respiratory diseases.

In 2015, there were 10.4 million new TB cases worldwide, and 1.8 million people died of TB. In the same year, 480,000 patients developed multidrug-resistant TB – now a recognised public health emergency and a statistic that is predicted to rise still further. TB remains an important preventable cause of childhood death and morbidity - in 2015, one million children developed TB while 210,000 children died of TB. TB is the leading killer of people with HIV - 35% of deaths among HIV-positive people are directly due to TB infection.

FIRS calls for immediate action on the following five points to accelerate progress in confronting TB and reduce the overall impact of respiratory illness on lung health.

Progress in these five critical areas will significantly reduce the global TB burden and ensure that we take significant steps along the road to achieving the strategy to end TB by 2030.

Download the FIRS TB factsheet

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For further details on FIRS and World TB Day 2017, contact:

Jo Waters
Communications Department
The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
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About the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS)

The Forum of International Respiratory Societies(FIRS) is an organisation comprised of the world's leading international respiratory societies working together to improve lung health globally: American Thoracic Society, American College of Chest Physicians, Asociación Latinoamericana De Tórax, Asian Pacific Society of Respirology, European Respiratory Society, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and the Pan African Thoracic Society. The goal of FIRS is to unify and enhance efforts to improve lung health through the combined work of its more than 70,000 members globally.