World Tuberculosis Day - 24 March 2016


​​Marked each year on 24 March, World Tuberculosis Day gives the occasion to raise awareness about tuberculosis (TB) and to advocate more efforts to eliminate it. ECDC has launched the latest surveillance data and materials on interventions addressing vulnerable groups.

​Marked each year on 24 March, World Tuberculosis Day gives the occasion to raise awareness about tuberculosis (TB) and to advocate more efforts to eliminate it. The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the first World Tuberculosis Day on 24 March 1982, one hundred years after Dr Robert Koch announced the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that cause TB.
To mark World Tuberculosis Day this year, ECDC has released a series of materials (see below), mainly around the latest surveillance data and interventions addressing vulnerable groups. 

Latest surveillance data

Tuberculosis surveillance and monitoring in Europe 2016This annual surveillance report jointly published with WHO gives a detailed situation of TB in Europe.Also available: PowerPoint slides, individual country profiles, press release.Access the publication page with the downloadable files 
ECDC’s Surveillance Atlas of Infectious DiseasesThe latest data on tuberculosis are accessible in the web-based tool offering access to European infectious disease surveillance data which is searchable by disease, region and period.
Annual Epidemiological report 2016 – Tuberculosis The report on tuberculosis draws on data from 2014. All tables, graphs and figures are available for download.Access the report
InfographicThis infographic is based on the latest surveillance data shows the TB situation in Europe.

Focused on TB interventions in vulnerable groups

Guidance on tuberculosis control in vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations
The guidance provides an overview of interventions to improve early diagnosis of tuberculosis and treatment completion in vulnerable populations.
Access the publication page
Policy Briefing: Interventions in vulnerable groups are the key to eliminating tuberculosis in EuropeThis short document explains why interventions among vulnerable groups are necessary and what can be done, with examples and data to give evidence of the points raised.Access the publication page
TB interventions examples: dedicated webpageThese three examples of interventions have been shown to improve the prevention and control of TB among vulnerable groups. Each intervention is illustrated by the story of a patient who beneficiated from it.Access the interventions page 

Other ECDC publication

Handbook on TB laboratory diagnostic methods for the European Union
The aim of this handbook is to provide an agreed list of key diagnostic methods and their protocols in various areas of TB diagnosis.
Access the Laboratory Handbook publication page

Editorial and peer-reviewed publications by ECDC staff

Eurosurveillance Impact of migration on TB epidemiology and control in the EU/EEA (editorial)Marieke J. van der Werf and Jean-Pierre Zellweger
The effect of migration within the European Union/European Economic Area on the distribution of tuberculosis, 2007-2013Vahur Hollo, Saara Magdalena Kotila, Csaba Ködmön, Phillip Zucs, Marieke J. van der Werf
Migration-related tuberculosis: epidemiology and characteristics of tuberculosis cases originating outside the European Union and European Economic Area, 2007–2013Csaba Ködmön, Phillip Zucs, Marieke J. van der Werf

Lancet Infectious Diseases
Comment in Lancet Infectious Diseases: Tackling tuberculosis in migrants by Marieke J. van der Werf and Piotr Kramarz