World Health Organization

Consolidated action plan to prevent and combat multidrug and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis in the WHO European Region 2011–2015, Regional Committee for Europe, 2011

The WHO Regional Office for Europe has launched an action plan to contain the spread of drug- resistant TB in the region by the end of 2015.  This action plan was prepared in consultation with representatives of the 53 countries of the WHO European Region, experts, patients and communities affected by the disease. The plan takes into account new diagnostic techniques, patient-centered models of care and services tailored to special populations. It includes six strategic directions, such as collaboration on more effective drugs, vaccines and testing, and seven areas of intervention, such as improving access to testing and treatment. If fully implemented, the plan is expected, by 2015, to diagnose 225,000 MDR-TB patients within three days of presenting to a healthcare service with TB symptoms, to successfully treat 127,000 MDR-TB patients, and to prevent the emergence of 250,000 new MDR-TB and 13,000 new XDR-TB cases.