Meeting of the Regional Collaborating Committee on Tuberculosis Control and Care

11 November 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark

In line with the implementation of "The Consolidated Action Plan to Prevent and Combat Multidrug- and Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (M/XDR-TB) in the WHO European Region, 2011–2015", and a related resolution (EUR/RC61/R7) endorsed at the sixty-first session of the Regional Committee in Baku, Azerbaijan, 12-15 September 2011, the Regional Collaborating Committee on Tuberculosis Control and Care (RCC-TB) was established as an interactive platform to exchange information on activities and joint action with regard to M/XDR-TB responses.

The RCC-TB steering group consists of national and international partners engaged in TB prevention, care and control in the WHO European Region, who are dedicated to accelerating and intensifying the involvement of Civil Society and nongovernmental organizations to:

  • help alleviate TB-related suffering;
  • render TB care more patient-friendly and centred;
  • reduce the burden of TB.

Partners also strive to advocate for resource mobilization for sustainable TB prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care in the Region and raise awareness and beneficial impact of TB related advocacy, communication and social mobilization.

The overall mission is to help achieve universal access to evidence-based TB and M/XDR-TB prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care across the Region. This RCC-TB steering group meeting will be organized back-to-back with a meeting of the Technical Advisory Group on Tuberculosis Control of the WHO European Region.

Meeting objectives

The aim of the RCC-TB steering group meeting is to exchange and update one another on the latest developments and contributions of respective partner organizations to TB prevention, care and control in the WHO European Region and to identify synergies and agree on future steps on how to optimize and plan for concerted TB related activities and actions.

The specific objectives of this meeting are:

  • to update one-another on key challenges and progress regarding key activities relating to RCC-TB;
  • to review the status of implementation of the RCC-TB related components of the Consolidated Action Plan and to discuss the challenges and way forward;
  • to discuss how to further synergize actions and activities for optimized contribution to TB prevention, care and control in the WHO European Region.