The South-East Asia Regional Response Plan for Drug-resistant TB Care and Control 2011-2015
AbstractIn 2010 there was an estimated prevalence of 650 000 cases of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) globally, and global mortality exceeded 150 000. Well-functioning national TB control programmes in the SEA Region achieving high cure rates have resulted in maintaining a slow but steady decline in TB incidence rates during the past decade. This has also led to low levels of multidrug resistance among new cases. Extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) has also been reported from six countries of the SEA Region. MDR-TB could potentially replace drug-susceptible TB, and constitutes a threat to global public health security. As per the Regional Strategic Plan for 20062015, the overall goal for TB control is to reduce morbidity, mortality and transmission of TB until it is no longer a public health problem. The South-East Asia Regional Response Plan for Drug-Resistant TB Care and Control 20112015 complements the Regional Strategic Plan for reducing morbidity, mortality and transmission of DR-TB. By fully implementing this Response Plan, the realization of the overall goal for TB control will become an achievable target. This report contains the salient features of the Plan, including goal and objectives, strategies and interventions, strengthening of health systems and other pertinent details.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2011). The South-East Asia Regional Response Plan for Drug-resistant TB Care and Control 2011-2015. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205998