Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

TB Elimination Plan

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

TB Elimination Plan

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The World Health Organization and the European Respiratory Society launched an ambitious action plan to eliminate tuberculosis in countries and territories with a low incidence of tuberculosis by 2050.

Towards TB elimination in low-incidence countries: action framework sets out the steps that low-incidence countries can take to implement the post-2015 global strategy, which was approved at the World Health Assembly in May.

The idea is for the 33 countries and territories--and any others that achieve low incidence later--to take the plan and its accompanying set of targets as the basis for their national plans.

The plan aims to reduce the number of new cases to fewer than 10 per million people per year by 2035 and to achieve full elimination--i.e. less than 1 case per million people per year--in these countries by 2050.

It calls for action in eight priority areas to achieve these targets: funding and leadership; vulnerable groups; cross-border issues; screening and treatment for people in high-risk groups and outbreak management; prevention and care of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis; surveillance, monitoring and evaluation; research; and global tuberculosis control. …

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