Report of the meeting of the SEA regional technical working group on tuberculosis
Other TitlesNew Delhi, India, 22-23 April 2010
AbstractThe World Health Organization's South-East Asia (SEA) Region has the highest burden of tuberculosis in the world. Appreciable progress has been made with TB control using the DOTS strategy, and several countries in the Region have reached the global targets. Renewed emphasis has been placed on reaching universal case detection and treatment of all forms of TB through improving diagnosis and management of all forms and, in particular, better managing multi- and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis and HIVassociated TB. The specific objectives of the Meeting of the SEA Regional Technical Working Group on Tuberculosis were to review progress and constraints in implementing the Stop TB strategy in Member States of the WHO SEA Region; and provide guidance on adopting and applying the revised WHO policies and guidelines to more comprehensively address TB control in the specific context of the Region. The recommendations for WHO and technical partners were to collaborate with countries to improve the estimates for the TB burdens; gather evidence to guide countries in more accurately defining case suspects based on symptoms other than cough in order to improve case detection; evaluate the performance of diagnostic algorithms in the context of smearnegative EPTB and childhood TB, and consider appropriate revisions; assist countries in deploying new tools or developing operational research on new diagnostic tools; and elaborating guidelines on the basis of the outcomes. This document is a report of the meeting.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2010). Report of the meeting of the SEA regional technical working group on tuberculosis. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/206262