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[Comment] Reducing global tuberculosis deaths—time for India to step up

As another World Tuberculosis Day passes by the outlook for tuberculosis control is far from optimistic, especially for India, the ground zero for the global epidemic. Last year, WHO declared that the tuberculosis epidemic was worse than previously thought, with an estimated 10·4 million new tuberculosis cases worldwide in 2015.1 WHO estimated that globally 1·8 million people died from tuberculosis in 2015, of whom 0·4 million were also infected with HIV.1 Although global tuberculosis deaths declined by 22% between 2000 and 2015, it is remarkable that tuberculosis today is responsible for more deaths than HIV and malaria combined, and continues to rank among the top ten causes of deaths worldwide.

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