Urban TB ControlArchived
ECDC was working jointly with four cities in the EU to celebrate World TB Day.
For World Tuberculosis Day 2012, ECDC focused on ‘Urban TB Control’ and was working jointly with four cities in the EU to arrange events on this theme. The cities hosting the events were Barcelona (Spain), London (United Kingdom), Milan (Italy) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands).
Under the initiative of ECDC, a working group ‘Metropolitan TB Control in Europe”, was facilitating the exchange of experiences of TB control programmes in big cities of the EU. The aim was to increase the awareness around urban TB epidemiology and promote the exchange of experiences on good practices, innovative tools and interventions for enhanced TB control efforts in big cities of the EU.
Why Urban Control
The changing epidemiology of TB within EU is characterised by a disproportionate accumulation of disease in certain vulnerable populations often concentrated in metropolitan settings. Even in low incidence countries, urban TB can be several times higher than in rural areas.
The prevention and control of TB among these risk groups is complicated by delayed diagnosis, onward transmission and poor treatment adherence. TB services that are not tailored towards the needs of urban risk groups carry a continuing risk of higher rates of TB and drug resistant strains.
The higher TB incidence seen in big cities of Western Europe is an expression of a declining epidemic, which poses new challenges and needs to be addressed in order to completely eliminate TB in EU.
Urban TB Control initiatives
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.