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More money needed to beat TB – Health agencies

More investment is needed to beat tuberculosis, the most deadly infectious disease in the world.

The Stop TB Partnership said it would take $56bn (£36bn) to eliminate the curable disease.

The coalition of health agencies say a target set by the WHO to tackle the disease by 2030 would be missed unless action is taken. Last year, the WHO recorded 1.5 million tuberculosis deaths.

TB is the most deadly infectious disease, alongside HIV. Most cases of TB can be treated with first-choice antibiotics, and the WHO has called the death rate unacceptable.

Most new cases are in China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria and Pakistan.

BBC

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