Tuberculosis is on decline: UN report

Lab technician Abduraman Sher Aden tests for Tuberculosis at the MSF Holland hospital in Galcayo south in Somalia

The number of people who fall ill with tuberculosis each year is declining, according to a new report issued by the World Health Organization on Tuesday.

The agency says that the world is on track to achieve the goal of cutting the number of people who die from TB by 50 per cent by 2015.

Mario Raviglione is the Director of the WHO's Stop TB Department.

"The number of people who fell ill with TB dropped to 8.8 million in 2010 after peaking at 9 million cases  in 2005. This means that the decline in TB has now overtaken population growth, which is a significant benchmark. Second, TB deaths fell to 1.4 million in 2010 after peaking at 1.8 million in 2003." (Duration: 24")

WHO warns however, that current progress is at risk as a result of underfunding.

It says there is a shortfall of $1 billion to carry out TB-related activities until 2012.

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