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The MSF Access Campaign’s Out of Step report series reports on gaps in implementation of WHO guidelines and policies that are proven to reduce TB incidence and death and to monitor progress towards ending TB.

An estimated 1.6 million people died from tuberculosis (TB) in 2017. Although it can be prevented and successfully treated, TB is the world’s deadliest infectious disease. While there have been substantial and important innovations in the fight against TB, including faster, more accurate diagnostic tests and the first new medicines in nearly 50 years, deadly gaps remain in implementing and providing access to these advances.

The latest report in the series, Out of Step 2017, includes the results of a survey on national TB policies and practices in 29 countries that are home to 82% of the global TB burden. A regional adaptation of the report, Out of Step in EECA, focuses on TB diagnosis and treatment challenges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where an epidemic of drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) is on the rise.

How is it possible...

...that we sent people to the moon almost 50 years ago, yet millions of people with tuberculosis are still treated with old, inadequate medicines?