Tuberculosis (TB)

WHO Global Task Force on TB Impact Measurement

Myanmar national TB survey - pre-visit for pilot survey, June 2009
WHO/I. Onozaki

What is our mandate?

Established in 2006, the initial aim of the Global Task Force on TB Impact Measurement was to ensure that WHO's assessment of whether 2015 global TB targets were achieved was as rigorous, robust and consensus-based as possible.

The Task Force's mandate for the period 2016-2020 is:

  • To ensure that assessments of progress towards the End TB Strategy and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals targets and milestones at global, regional and country levels are as rigorous, robust and consensus-based as possible.

  • To guide, promote and support the analysis and use of TB data for policy, planning, and programmatic action.

The 2020 milestones are a 35% reduction in TB deaths and a 20% reduction in the TB incidence rate compared with levels in 2015, and that no TB patients and their households face catastrophic costs as a result of TB disease.

Strategic areas of work, 2016-2020

  • Strengthening national notification systems for direct measurement of TB cases, including drug-resistant TB and HIV-associated TB specifically.

  • Strengthening national vital registration systems for direct measurement of TB deaths.

  • Priority studies to periodically measure TB disease burden. These include (but are not limited to):
    • National TB prevalence surveys
    • Drug resistance surveys
    • Mortality surveys
    • Surveys of costs faced by TB patients and their households.

  • Periodic review of methods used by WHO to estimate the burden of TB disease and latent TB infection.

  • Analysis and use of TB data at country level. This includes:
    • Disaggregated analyses (e.g. age, sex, location) to assess inequalities and equity
    • Projections of disease burden and intervention impact
    • Guidance, tools and capacity building

Who are we?

The Task Force includes a wide range of experts in TB epidemiology, statistics and modelling, representatives from major technical and financial partners and representatives from countries with a high burden of TB. The TB monitoring and evaluation unit within WHO's Global TB Programme acts as the secretariat.

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