World TB day 2017: closing the gaps to end tuberculosis
Ending the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic by 2030 is one of the health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. Although TB incidence has fallen by an average of 1.5% per year since 2000, TB is still one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. Over 95% of TB deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. In 2015, an estimated 480,000 people globally developed multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). This ambitious aim to end the TB epidemic by 2030 can only be achieved by uniting efforts to close the research gaps.