It's Time: E-DETECT TB releases new factsheets for World TB Day 2019
The E-DETECT TB project is answering Stop TB's rallying call "It's Time to End TB" by releasing updated versions of our handy factsheets for World TB Day. These one-page, printer-friendly guides provide a useful overview of our project's work to date in the following areas:
Outreach for early diagnosis (work package 4): WHO recommends systematic screening for active TB in subpopulations that have poor access to healthcare. Romania and Bulgaria are countries in transition from a high to intermediate incidence and are experiencing high TB rates among certain populations. In this work package we're using a mobile diagnostic unit equipped with digital radiography and molecular point of care tests to improve early diagnosis in these populations. Available in English and in Romanian.
Migrant TB detection, prevention and treatment (work package 5): In Italy, we are actively screening new and settled migrants for active and latent TB respectively, ensuring that those testing positive are appropriately managed and generating the evidence to support future European policy. Available in English and in Italian.
Establishing a database on migrant TB screening in Europe (work package 6): Many low-incidence EU countries have a high TB burden in migrants from endemic countries. Migrant TB screening policies vary widely across EU countries. This work package is establishing a multi-country database on migrant TB screening that will be used to inform the identification and harmonisation of cost-effective screening strategies in the EU. Available in English.
Supporting national TB control programmes (work package 7): The aim of E-DETECT TB work package 7 is to support the development of action plans in EU/EEA member states by surveying TB control plans and strategies, and reviewing evidence for actions to control and prevent TB. Information from the survey and reviews will inform an expert meeting to develop a TB Strategy toolkit. Available in English.
Our European migrant TB screening database featured in IJID special collection
Also being published to mark World TB Day, E-DETECT TB’s work to date on establishing a European migrant TB screening database has been included in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases TB Series. Read more on our website.