Apr. 11, 2019

WHO STRESSES URGENT NEED FOR R&D FOR DRUG-RESISTANT TB ALONGSIDE NEWLY-PRIORITIZED ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT PATHOGENS

WHO reaffirms the critical need for research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics to tackle the threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB).

"Addressing drug-resistant TB research is a top priority for WHO and for the world," said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. "More than US$ 800 million per year is currently necessary to fund badly needed research into new antibiotics to treat TB."

The MDR-TB public health crisis continues: there were an estimated 580 000 cases and 250 000 related deaths in 2015. Only 125 000 were started on treatment, and just half of those people were cured.

WHO News Release here