Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious airborne disease caused mainly by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which infects one-fourth of the world’s population. With timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment, further spread of the disease can be prevented. WHO/Europe supports the implementation of the End TB Strategy and works with key international and national partners to support Member States in the WHO European Region to eliminate TB.Read more about TB in the WHO European Region
Top storyWorld TB Day: leave no one behind
The WHO European Region marks World TB Day on 24 March 2017 under the global theme “Unite to end TB: leave no one behind”. This year, the focus for the Region is on the particular challenges faced by people living with tuberculosis (TB) and HIV coinfection. Detection and treatment of TB are often hampered for this group due to stigma and marginalization.
- TB REP mission to Kyrgyzstan, 6–8 June 2017
- Minister of Health of Montenegro visits WHO/Europe
- World Health Assembly Day 8: progress on addressing noncommunicable diseases in focus
- TB-REP technical consultation: Supporting the implementation of people-centred model of care for TB patients in 11 countries of eastern Europe and central Asia
- Meeting of the regional Green Light Committee for Europe and workshop on introduction of new medicines for drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment
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Prevention and Care of TB and Drug-Resistant TB in Correctional FacilitiesDeadline for submission: 27 April 2017
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If left untreated, each person with active TB infects, on average, this number of people every year.
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