WHO to cooperate more closely with Romania on improving TB services

WHO/Europe will strengthen its partnership with Romania to improve the quality and delivery of tuberculosis (TB) services, turn the tide against drug-resistant TB, and accelerate the implementation of structural health system reforms in the country. These were the main themes of a high-level visit to Romania on 13–14 October 2014 by Dr Hans Kluge, Director, Division of Health Systems and Public Health and Special Representative of the Regional Director to prevent and combat multidrug- and extensively drug-resistant (M/XDR) TB, Dr Marc Sprenger, Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), and Mr Nicolas Cantau, Regional Manager of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

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Advisory Committee meeting for the new TB Action Plan of the WHO European Region, 2016–2020

3 October 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark - The TB and M/XDR-TB Control Programme (TBM) held the first meeting of the Advisory Committee on Friday, 3 October, at the Regional Office in Copenhagen, Denmark, to discuss the new TB Action Plan for the WHO European Region 2016–2020. The Committee includes representatives from high- and low-TB-incidence countries, patient representatives and key partner organizations, such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) and WHO Headquarters.

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WHO/Europe: New expert opinion document

The role of surgery in the treatment of pulmonary TB and multidrug- and extensively drug-resistant TB

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WHO appeals for US$ 14 million to scale up health operations in Ukraine

WHO is expanding its health response in Ukraine to support the health needs of those affected in conflict areas and internally displaced by the ongoing fighting in the Donbas region (Donetsk and Luhansk) of eastern Ukraine. On World Humanitarian Day, WHO calls on the international community to pledge US$ 14 million to safeguard the health of an increasingly vulnerable population.

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WHO/Europe: Report of high-level meeting on World TB Day 2014 published

The report of the high-level meeting organized to commemorate World Tuberculosis Day 2014 is now published.

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Training course Strengthening TB Control in prisons of M/XDR-TB high-burden countries

The newly-appointed WHO Collaborating Centre on Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis in Prisons located in  Azerbaijan, is organizing a training course for policy makers and health providers involved in planning and implementation of tuberculosis services in penal institutions of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The course will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan on 22 - 26 September 2014. Only 15 participants can be accepted. Applications should be sent by 1 August 2014 through the link below.

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WHO/Europe: Review of the Tuberculosis Programme in Kosovo

The notification rate of tuberculosis cases in Kosovo (in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 [1999]) is among the highest in south-east Europe. WHO was asked to organize a review of the Kosovo Tuberculosis Programme, which took place from 22 to 26 April 2013.

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Tuberculosis in Tajikistan: achievements, challenges and opportunities

National and development partners, including the WHO Country Office and the Global Fund Portfolio Manager, met on 4 April 2014 in Tajikistan to discuss the sustainability of the national tuberculosis (TB) programme (NTP) and overall health system strengthening within the area of TB/multidrug-resistant TB (TB/MDR TB) control and prevention.  

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