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[Comment] The Lancet Commission on tuberculosis: building a tuberculosis-free world

The Sustainable Development Goals have prioritised ending the epidemic of tuberculosis by 2030. We are therefore at a critical juncture in implementing efforts to control and eliminate tuberculosis. Current efforts have averted 56 million deaths since 2000.1 We also have better diagnostic tools and the promise of a few new, potent agents in the pipeline.2 Yet tuberculosis remains the leading source of infectious disease deaths globally, responsible for 1·7 million deaths in 2016.1 The UN’s High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis, due to take place in New York, USA, later in 2018, represents a unique opportunity to secure a commitment from heads of state and governments for a coordinated global response to end the epidemic.

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