TB may increase due to underfunding

While the World Health Organization recently reported that the number of individuals falling ill with tuberculosis is declining annually, this progress may be at risk because to underfunding.
According to the WHO 2011 Global Tuberculosis Control Report, the number of individuals who fell ill with TB dropped from 9 million in 2005 to 8.8 million in 2010. The number of deaths from TB fell from 1.8 million in 2003 to 1.4 million in 2010, Medical News Today reports.
"Fewer people are dying of tuberculosis, and fewer are falling ill," Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the United Nations, said, according to Medical News Today. "This is major progress. But it is no cause for complacency. Too many millions still develop TB each year, and too many die. I urge serious and sustained support for TB prevention and care, especially for the world's poorest and most vulnerable people."
Among the countries that have had a declining TB burden are the United Republic of Tanzania and Kenya. The burden of TB is estimated to have been declining for the majority of the past decade in those countries after a peak that was associated with the HIV epidemic. Despite this progress, nations raising funds for tuberculosis implementation in 2012 have reported a $1 billion deficit.
"In many countries, strong leadership and domestic financing, with robust donor support, has started to make a real difference in the fight against TB," Margaret Chan, the WHO's director-general, said, according to Medical News Today. "The challenge now is to build on that commitment, to increase the global effort - and to pay particular attention to the growing threat of multidrug-resistant TB."