Tuberculosis (TB)

Signing of a new tuberculosis initiative between the World Health Organization and the International Pharmaceutical Federation

WHO Assistant Director-General, Hiroki Nakatani, and FIP President, Michel Buchmann, shake hands after signing a joint statement aimed at strengthening collaborations to combat TB.

5 September 2011 | Hyderabad | In a landmark initiative aimed at curbing the current tuberculosis (TB) epidemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) today signed a Joint Statement on the role of pharmacists in tuberculosis care and control at the Federation's 71st International Congress in Hyderabad, India.

Taking action on the link between TB and diabetes - launch of new collaborative framework

31 August 2011 | Geneva | WHO and the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union) have developed a Collaborative Framework for Care and Control of Tuberculosis and Diabetes which presents recommendations based on evidence from three systematic reviews and a series of expert consultations.

It outlines essential steps for coordinated action in three areas: establishment of mechanisms for collaboration between national TB programmes and suitable counterparts responsible for care and control of diabetes; improved detection and management of TB in patients with diabetes; improved detection and management of diabetes in patients with TB.

'Priorities in operational research to improve tuberculosis care and control'

29 August 2011 | Geneva | Evidence from operational research projects can help pave the way for ensuring many more people have access to vital TB health services. It can achieve this by shedding new light on how current TB polices and practices can be 'fine-tuned' and further improved. It can also give important insight on how best new tools for TB, currently in development, can be introduced in ways that deliver maximum benefits.

Priorities in operational research to improve tuberculosis care and control describes the current areas where gaps in knowledge are hindering the optimal implementation of TB control activities and how these obstacles can be removed.

Guidelines for programmatic management of drug-resistant tuberculosis

An MDR-TB patient receives care and attention from hospital health workers in China. The updated WHO guidelines promote improvements in MDR-TB patient care.
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An MDR-TB patient receives care and attention from hospital health workers in China. The updated WHO guidelines promote improvements in MDR-TB patient care.

10 August 2011 | Geneva |

WHO has issued a 2011 update of the Guidelines for programmatic management of drug-resistant tuberculosis.

The guidelines support the 2009 World Health Assembly resolution (WHA62.15) to provide technical assistance to countries to develop and implement frameworks for the improved care of patients with drug-resistant TB.

Tuberculosis (TB) is an airborne infectious disease that is preventable and curable. WHO is working to dramatically reduce the burden of TB, and halve TB deaths and prevalence by 2015, through its Stop TB Strategy and supporting the Global Plan to Stop TB.

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TOOLS FOR TUBERCULOSIS CONTROL

  • TBTEAM (TB TEchnical Assistance Mechanism)
    Linking countries with technical assistance. TBTEAM, which is managed by the WHO Stop TB Department and whose secretariat is also hosted by the WHO Stop TB Department, was created by the Stop TB Partnership in 2007. TBTEAM engages the network of Stop TB partners, including National TB Programmes, local and international NGOs, financial partners, and WHO at country, regional and global levels to ensure a more coordinated and efficient approach to technical assistance.
  • TB planning and budgeting tool
    The tool is an Excel-based spreadsheet in which plans and budgets for all major components of the Stop TB Strategy can be developed. Accompanying documents and related links that will help users to understand and use the tool effectively are also provided on this site.


HIGHLIGHTED DOCUMENTS

Global TB Control Report 2010

The Global Plan to Stop TB 2011-2015

Treatment of TB: guidelines

Multidrug and extensively drug- resistant TB

The Stop TB Strategy

The Stop TB Strategy