WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

World Health Organization marks progress in fight against tuberculosis

TB update from the Western Pacific Regional Office | Courtesy of cdc.gov
The Western Pacific Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported significant progress has been made in decreasing the tuberculosis (TB) burden, but noted there is still a lot of work to do.

The World Health Assembly first accepted the global strategy as well as targets for TB care, prevention and control in May 2014. The strategy outlined ambitious goals for 2015, namely that no affected families be burdened with drastic costs because of TB.

In order to apply the strategy, quality and people-oriented TB services for all of the families and patients involved are needed. According to the WHO, there also needs to be action to solve the burden of drug-resistant TB, efficient regulatory policies that will support TB control efforts, financial as well as social risk protection to solve vulnerability and new capacity and tools to quickly adopt novel technologies.

The proposed strategy, called the Regional Framework for Action on Implementation of the End TB Strategy in the Western Pacific 2016-2020, seeks to adapt and apply the worldwide strategy to the specific concerns of each area and nation located within the Western Pacific Region. To do this, the WHO has partnered with national TB programs, Member States and regional experts to create a framework for controlling TB.

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