Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Workforce Crisis a Major Obstacle in Global Tuberculosis Control

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Workforce Crisis a Major Obstacle in Global Tuberculosis Control

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Tonelli's death coincided with the release of a draft report at a meeting of tuberculosis experts in the Hague on 7 October citing a growing "workforce crisis" as one of the major obstacles to successful global tuberculosis (TB) control. Poor pay and conditions, unhealthy and of ten unsafe working environments, together with HIV-related illness among staff, are restricting progress towards the global target of detecting 70 per cent of all new infectious cases and curing 85 per cent of them by 2005, the report said.

Delegates from the DOTS [directly observed treatment strategy] Expansion Working Group, a group of TB experts from the Stop TB Partnership (a global network of individuals and organizations committed to eradicating TB), reviewed the current status of DOTS and its impact on the global targets. The report concluded that a rapid expansion of DOTS across the world is now required if the targets are to be reached. It also identified key constraints including the slow and ineffective recruitment and training of TB health workers in developing countries.

"We are clearly seeing a general 'workforce crisis' in the TB community," said Dr Mario Raviglione, Director of WHO's Stop TB Department. …

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