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TB Prevalence in Tanzania

The TB incidence has fallen from 306 per 100,000 population in 2015 to 222 per 100,000 in 2020.  Indication a 27% reduction of TB Incidence rate. This makes Tanzania being among the 6 TB high burden countries which achieved the End TB 2020 Incidence milestones there has been a 52% reduction in TB deaths from 55,000 in 2014 to 26,800 in 2020.

A total of 85,597 cases of all forms of TB were notified in 2020, which is an increase of 4.2% or 3,432 cases compared to the year 2019 where 82,166 cases of TB were notified. Among the TB cases notified, new cases were 83,129 (97%) and previously treated TB cases were 2,468 (3%). The new and relapse TB cases (Incident TB) were 84,791 (99%).

Tuberculosis Notifications by Region

Dar es Salaam city has remained a major contributor of TB cases notification in Tanzania. Its contribution makes 15% of all cases notified in the country, which has been decreasing compared 22% in 2015. Dar es Salaam and other nine regions contributed 59% of all cases notified in the country, other regions are:  Dodoma (6%); Manyara (5%); Mwanza (5%); Geita (5%); Arusha (5%); Mara (4%); Tanga (4%); Morogoro (4%); and Tabora (4%).

Tuberculosis Notification Rate

The notification rate of new and relapses TB cases for 2020 was 148 cases per 100,000 population of which is above the set target of 145/100,000. This performance is higher than the 2019 which was 145 per 100,000 population. Manyara region for the first time has overtaken Dar es Salaam as region with the highest TB notification rates in the country at 246 cases per 100,000 while Unguja has the lowest rate of41 cases per 100,000.