Global strategy and targets for tuberculosis prevention, care and control after 2015
The vision for the post-2015 global tuberculosis strategy is “a world free of tuberculosis”, also expressed as “zero deaths, disease and suffering due to tuberculosis”. The goal is to end the global tuberculosis epidemic.
The Millennium Development Goal target “to halt and begin to reverse the incidence of tuberculosis by 2015” has already been achieved. The related Stop TB Partnership targets of reducing tuberculosis prevalence and death rates by 50% relative to 1990 are on track to be achieved by 2015. Under this strategy, new, ambitious yet feasible global targets are proposed for 2035. These include achieving a 95% decline in deaths due to tuberculosis compared with 2015, and reaching an equivalent 90% reduction in tuberculosis incidence rate from a projected 110 cases/100 000 in 2015 to 10 cases/100 000 or less by 2035. These targets are equivalent to the current levels in some lowincidence countries of North America, western Europe and the Western Pacific. An additional target proposed to ascertain progress of universal health coverage and social protection is that by 2020, no tuberculosis-affected person or family should face catastrophic costs due to tuberculosis care.