The return of a forgotten killer
In the last two centuries, tuberculosis has claimed more lives than any other disease: an unprecedented and unsurpassed death toll of one billion. And, despite a compelling economic and moral case for investing more in controlling the disease, it has quietly resumed its position as the world’s leading infectious killer.
Given all that we know about how to prevent and treat TB, and a powerful economic case for investing in eradication efforts, there is no excuse for the heavy toll that it continues to take.
Read Bjorn Lomborg's new column for Project Syndicate in six languages. It was published by newspapers around the world, including Times of Oman, The Jakarta Post (Indonesia), The Daily Star (Lebanon), El Tiempo (Colombia), Diario Expreso (Ecuador), My Republica (Nepal), Jornal de Negocios (Portugal) and Finmag (Czech Republic).