Tuberculosis (TB)

Digital health for the End TB Strategy - an agenda for action

Authors:
WHO

Publication details

Number of pages: 24
Publication date: 2015
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/HTM/TB/2015.21

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This offline site provides the content of the "Agenda for Action" on tuberculosis which is currently being pursued by the Global TB Programme of the World Health Organization (WHO). These resources are intended to help TB decision-makers to incorporate appropriate digital health interventions in their work in alignment with the various components of WHO’s End TB Strategy. The Agenda was developed with the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and other technical and funding partners and was launched at the ERS International Congress in Amsterdam on 29 September 2015.

The files needed to visualise the offline site are included in a zipped folder. Please download the zipped folder and save it to your desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smart-phone. Unzip its contents into a suitable site on your device. Open the file called "home.html" on your internet browser (you can usually do this by double-clicking on it). You will then be able to navigate through the different sections of the document. You do not need to be connected to internet to see the main content but some links may only be accessible while you are online.


Overview

Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious global public health threat, causing 1.5 million deaths in 2013 and 9 million people falling ill that year. New information and communication technology present significant opportunities to combat this disease on various fronts. The Agenda highlights strategic directions to integrate digital health into TB prevention and care activities in support of WHO’s End TB Strategy.

Digital health for the End TB Strategy - an agenda for action:
- Advocates that TB programmes, other national authorities and all stakeholders integrate digital health solutions in their implementation of the End TB Strategy. Information and communication technology can help advance patient care, surveillance, programme management, staff development (e.g. eLearning), and the engagement of communities.
- Guides programmes on promising options for first focus of efforts, building on the limited available evidence about the effectiveness of digital health interventions for ending TB.
- Promotes continued monitoring and investment in implementation research on digital health interventions to increase the evidence base on effectiveness and impact.