Stop TB Partnership

Call for "urgent and extraordinary actions" to halt worsening epidemic

Maputo, 26 August 2005 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa comprising health ministers from 46 Member States has declared tuberculosis an emergency in the African region - a response to an epidemic that has more than quadrupled the annual number of new TB cases in most African countries since 1990 and is continuing to rise across the continent, killing more than half a million people every year.