WHO released Multidrug and Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: 2010 Global Report on Surveillance and Response, which includes estimates that 440,000 people had MDR-TB worldwide in 2008 and that a third of them died. The report notes that, “in sheer numbers, Asia bears the brunt of the epidemic. Almost 50% of MDR-TB cases worldwide are estimated to occur in China and India. In Africa, estimates show 69 000 cases emerged, the vast majority of which went undiagnosed.” WHO is engaged in a five year project to strengthen TB laboratories with rapid tests in nearly 30 countries. This will ensure more people benefit early from life-saving treatments. It is also working closely with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the international community on increasing access to treatment….
The study is available at: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2010/9789241599191_eng.pdf