Public health guidance on tuberculosis control in vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations

17 Mar 2016

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Guidance on tuberculosis control in vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations. Stockholm: ECDC; 2016.

​This guidance provides support to those working towards strengthening tuberculosis prevention and control among vulnerable populations. It provides an overview of interventions to improve early diagnosis of tuberculosis and treatment completion in these populations, as well as factors to consider when developing programmes for health communication, awareness and education, and programme monitoring and evaluation.
Background documents
Two systematic reviews performed during the development of this guidance are published in two articles in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Here you can find the unedited versions of the manuscripts, but the final versions edited and published by the Lancet Infectious Diseases prevail.

Publication data

Barriers and facilitators for the uptake of tuberculosis diagnostic and treatment services by hard-to-reach populations in low- and medium-incidence countries: A systematic review of qualitative literature

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Tuberculosis (TB) disproportionally affects hard-to-reach populations such as people who are homeless, migrants, refugees, prisoners, or drug users. These people often face challenges in accessing quality healthcare services.