TB is the world’s leading infectious killer and in the WHO European region. Every day 4,500 people die from this treatable disease globally (1.5 million people died in 2018), and almost 30,000 people fell ill (around 10 million people fell ill in 2018).
Behind these staggering statistics are everyday people. The following personal stories illustrate the everyday challenges of dealing with TB in different countries across of the WHO Europe region.
From the devastating loss of several family members, to illness due to limited access to necessary TB treatment and fear of stigma and discrimination by work colleagues and friends, people suffering from TB and their family members show the true cost of limited funding and low awareness of TB in the region.