TB interventions are cost effective and save lives. There is a return of $30 to $43 dollars for every dollar spent on TB interventions. The Copenhagen Consensus provided analysis to support the prioritization of the world’s development goals. They rate ending TB as one of the top 5 health investments and consider it a “phenomenal” investment overall. TB treatment is relatively short, relatively inexpensive and cures a disease that principally attacks men in their prime earning years.
Treatments work for the majority, but not all cases. We still need to invest in revolutionary new technology and improved ways of delivering services to end the TB epidemic. This will require intensifying basic and implementation research with innovation. This will be possible only through increased investments and effective engagements of both the public and private sectors.