More people die each year from TB than from any other infectious disease - 1.8 million deaths from TB in 2015 alone, and 10.6 million new TB cases in the same year. Despite these grave statistics, the human rights of people with TB are rarely acknowledged and even more rarely protected. This is especially true of people deprived of their liberty in prisons and other detention centers. The risk of active TB in prison is on average 23 times higher than in the general population. Prisoners also face high levels of human rights violations, including torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.
Physicians for Human Rights hosted a webinar featuring Brian Citro, a Clinical Lecturer in Law and Associate Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, and Shelbi Smith ('18), a student attorney in the International Human Rights Clinic.