Addressing TB and MDR TB in high-priority countries
At this technical meeting, tuberculosis experts from high-incidence countries (Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania) discussed ways in which ECDC can support with development and implementation of country strategies to prevent and control the disease.
This technical meeting, back to back with the 1st Eastern Partnership Ministerial Conference on Tuberculosis and Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis, was organised jointly by ECDC and the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control of Latvia. It aimed at supporting the five World Health Organisation high-priority countries in the EU - Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania - in their efforts to prevent and control of tuberculosis (TB) and drug resistance.
At the meeting experts discussed potential areas where ECDC could provide training, organise knowledge and experience exchange including:
- laboratory diagnosis;
- prevention and care;
- health communication.
In addition, the meeting provided a forum for sharing best practices and lessons learned among the participating countries (Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania).
Despite a decline in the past years, the situation of TB and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR TB) remains of concern in the European Union, particularly in the countries with highest incidence and burden of tuberculosis. ECDC is committed to work with these countries and has a multi-year project aimed at supporting with development and implementation of country strategies.
Joint meeting EU/EEA Tuberculosis (TB) Surveillance Network and WHO/Europe National TB Programme Managers
21 Jun 2016 to 22 Jun 2016 - This meeting brought together TB experts from countries belonging to the WHO European Region and surveillance experts from EU/EEA countries to discuss the common goals of eliminating TB in Europe.
Meeting of the Joint ECDC/WHO Surveillance Network for Tuberculosis and Wolfheze Workshops
26 May 2015 to 29 May 2015 - The 2015 meeting of the Joint ECDC/WHO Surveillance Network for Tuberculosis was held in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 26-27 May 2015. The meeting was organised jointly by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and WHO/Europe for TB surveillance experts from WHO European region including European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) Member States (MSs). The participants included 47 nominated contact points for TB surveillance from 42 countries, as well as experts from ECDC and WHO/Europe, WHO headquarters and country offices. In addition, experts from seven EU Enlargement Countries and from the KNCV TB Foundation (the Netherlands) attended the meeting as observers.
1st Eastern Partnership Ministerial Conference on Tuberculosis and Multi-Drug Resistance Tuberculosis
30 Mar 2015 to 31 Mar 2015 - High-level meeting to discuss the burden of TB and MDR TB and its elimination as a public health problem in the EU/EEA and Eastern Partnership countries.