Translating the commitments of the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis into actions

16–17 May 2019, The Hague, Netherlands

In September 2018, the first UN High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis (TB), held during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States of America, endorsed a political declaration to: revamp commitment by all; ensure the availability of resources; strengthen international collaboration for research; support the development of new tools; and develop a multisectoral accountability framework.

The 2019 Wolfheze Workshops meeting will focus on the commitments made at the High-Level Meeting, with the aim to identify best ways for countries in the WHO European Region to turn them into actions. The WHO Regional Office for Europe, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation will be jointly organizing this meeting.

WHO convenes the first joint meeting of TB and HIV national programmes

Back-to-back with the Wolfheze Workshop, the WHO Regional Office for Europe will for the first time gather together TB and HIV programme managers and relevant partners in a joint meeting, to unite and coordinate forces to strengthen the response to the increasing rates of HIV and TB/HIV coinfection in the Region. This meeting, which will take place on 15 May 2019, will address TB and HIV with a universal health care and  integrated care approach.

HIV and TB form a deadly combination, each accelerating the other's progress. The risk of developing TB is far greater for people living with HIV, and TB is therefore a leading killer among those living with HIV. People suffering from TB/HIV coinfection are at higher risk of failing treatment and have a higher risk of dying than people with TB disease only.

Annual meeting of the joint ECDC/WHO Europe TB Surveillance Network

Prior to the Wolfheze Workshop, the European TB Surveillance Network will hold its meeting on 13 and 14 May 2019. The network meeting, providing latest data and trends on TB in the Region as an input for the Workshop, is jointly organized by the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

About the Wolfheze Workshops

The Wolfheze Workshops are held in alternate years to strengthen TB prevention and care in the WHO European Region and contribute to the elimination of TB. They provide a platform where a variety of people involved in ending TB – such as representatives from health authorities, national TB programme managers, laboratory experts, TB experts, scientists, national TB surveillance correspondents, civil society organizations and other key partners – can share experiences, discuss achievements and agree on a way forward.

The Wolfheze movement dates back to 1990 when the first European regional meeting on TB prevention and care was organized in the village of Wolfheze in the Netherlands.