Tuberculosis Programme

Networks and partnerships

The Tuberculosis Programme supports EU Member States in all aspects of tuberculosis (TB) prevention and control, aiming to reduce – and ultimately eliminate – TB in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA).

ECDC coordinates the surveillance and microbiology networks for TB, develops scientific advice on TB, and provides support to the policy work of countries and the European Commission for TB prevention and control. The Programme coordinates the investigation of cross-border TB clusters and works on the standardisation of methods for whole genome sequencing of TB strains in Europe.


EU/EEA Member States, with the support of the European Commission, have committed themselves to the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including:

  • Goal 3: ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.’
  • Target 3.3: ‘By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases.’

The SDGs are also reflected in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) tuberculosis (TB) action plan for the WHO European Region 2016–2020 and the global End TB Strategy, which aims at an 80% reduction in TB incidence and 90% reduction in TB deaths by 2030 compared with 2015. ECDC collaborates with the WHO Global TB Programme on the implementation of the End TB Strategy and the WHO Regional Office for Europe on the Roadmap to implement the tuberculosis action plan for the WHO European Region 2016–2020. To assist Member States in this effort, ECDC contributes to:

  • timely and reliable information and technical support to the European Commission and EU/EEA Member States on TB prevention and control in order to accelerate the decrease in reported TB from the current annual average of around 5% to at least 10% and to monitor progress
  • joint surveillance and monitoring of TB together with the WHO Regional Office for Europe, including the improvement and standardisation of disease surveillance data on TB and latent TB infection (LTBI).
  • improved TB laboratory services to ensure that all suspected cases are screened, allowing for adequate and rapid diagnosis of TB and LTBI, including drug susceptibility testing for all TB cases; and
  • scientific advice and technical support to prevent and control TB, tailored to the epidemiological profile of each Member State, including training and/or exchange visits for persons involved in key strategic areas of TB prevention and control.

Progress towards ending TB is measured through a monitoring and evaluation framework developed by the WHO Regional Office for Europe for the Tuberculosis action plan 2016–2020.

TB team at ECDC

A multidisciplinary team implements the TB Programme at ECDC. The team combines expertise in public health, epidemiology, surveillance, microbiology, epidemic intelligence, communication and medicine.


Head of Programme: Marieke van der Werf

Programme Manager: Brigita Molnarova


Disease networks

European Tuberculosis Surveillance Network

The network aims to maintain and further develop surveillance activities and thereby contribute to the international progress both in the TB epidemiology and laboratory fields.

Related diseases

Disease / public health area


Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious infectious disease that can be fatal. It most commonly affects the lungs.

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