Tuberculosis prevention, control and care in Greenland. Report of a review mission (2016)



In June 2016, a WHO-led team of international, Danish and local experts assessed the achievements, strengths and weaknesses of the national tuberculosis (TB) programme and made recommendations for improving TB prevention, control and care.

TB has been a major public health problem in Greenland for centuries. The number of cases fell until the late 1980s but rose again to a high of 234 incident TB cases and 19 deaths per 100 000 population in 2011. By 2015, these figures fell to 164 incidence and 13 deaths per 100 000 population and the estimated absolute number of incident TB cases was 92. The 81 new and relapse cases detected that year put the detection rate at 88%, close to the >90% WHO-recommended target for countries for TB.