15 April 2013 | Geneva | The WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, the Executive Director of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Mark Dybul and the UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Programme, Dr Luiz Loures among others honoured Dr Jorge Sampaio, former United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Stop Tuberculosis at a special ceremony organized by the World Health Organization and the Stop TB Partnership. A certificate of recognition was presented to Dr Sampaio by the WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan for his commitment to raising the profile of the fight against tuberculosis and advocating for improved tuberculosis control among global leaders.
Revision of definitions and reporting framework for tuberculosis launched
15 April 2013 | Geneva | Recording and reporting of data is a fundamental component of care of patients with tuberculosis (TB) and control of the disease. Standardization of definitions and reporting structures has permitted uniformity in the reporting of indicators of performance of national TB control programmes for many years. WHO has just launched a document that revises previous WHO standard case definitions for TB and drug-resistant TB, the categories used to assign outcomes, and the standard reporting framework for TB.
18 MARCH 2013 | GENEVA - WHO and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria said today that strains of tuberculosis with resistance to multiple drugs could spread widely and highlight an annual need of at least US$ 1.6 billion in international funding for treatment and prevention of the disease.
14 February 2013 | Geneva | The participants in a workshop convened last week by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Stop TB Partnership have proposed a set of goals and targets to guide the global fight against TB after 2015.
The workshop was one in a series of consultations on the development of a post-2015 global TB strategy and targets with WHO Member States and partners that started in June 2012 and will continue through 2013. The World Health Assembly is set to discuss the new TB elimination strategy and targets in 2014. These will be at the core of the next global plan to eliminate TB by the Stop TB Partnership.
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.
The global scale-up to address the challenge of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) will require health care workers in low-resource countries to improve their knowledge and skills to detect and care for larger numbers of MDR-TB patients.In order to maximize the dissemination of the World Health Organization’s guidance on programmatic management of drug-resistant TB (PMDT), the WHO Stop TB Department has supported the World Medical Association (WMA) and New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute to create an android application for use on tablet computers based on its web-based training course on PMDT.