Are we finally waking up to the threat from the world’s deadliest infectious disease?


By Nick Herbert MP, co-chairman of the Global TB Caucus

The UN’s first High-Level Meeting on tuberculosis is a positive step – the way TB has been neglected is a scandal

Imagine if the World Health Organization announced that a new, highly infectious airborne disease would claim 1.6 million lives over the next year. With no vaccine and a lengthy treatment regimen, the development of lethal, drug-resistant strains of the bug would be a serious risk. Of course, the world’s leaders would be galvanised into action immediately.

This is not really fiction, however. It describes a disease that is as old as humankind: tuberculosis.