WHO and ERS have published a joint news release: WHO targets elimination of TB in over 30 countries. Excerpt:
The new WHO framework highlights the effectiveness of eight key interventions, in a coherent package for impact in the target countries:
• ensure funding and stewardship for planning and services of high quality;
• address most vulnerable and hard-to-reach groups; address special needs of migrants; cross-border issues;
• undertake screening for active TB and latent TB infection in high-risk groups and provide appropriate treatment; manage outbreaks;
• optimize MDR-TB prevention and care;
• ensure continued surveillance and programme monitoring and evaluation;
• invest in research and new tools;
• support global TB control.
Among the most vulnerable groups are people who are poor or homeless, migrants, and members of ethnic minorities. In addition, people who use drugs or are incarcerated, and people with compromised immune systems (e.g. people living with HIV, malnutrition, diabetes, smokers and heavy drinkers) all have a much greater risk of falling ill with TB. Many of these vulnerable groups face barriers in accessing health services.
Meanwhile, Nature reports on a new method for tuberculosis that takes less than half an hour.