New WHO Report Highlights the Urgency of Tuberculosis Control Reforms
The WHO Regional Office for Europe and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) call on governments in eastern Europe (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan), including those of members of the European Union, to accelerate reforms in their tuberculosis control practices. These reforms are needed to prevent thousands of deaths each year and to halt the spread of dangerous drug-resistant TB strains across the WHO European Region.
Scientific seminar at European Parliament to outline key challenges
The call supports key findings in the WHO global TB control report for 2007, which will be presented this afternoon in a scientific seminar at the European Parliament. This and other public events across the Region will mark World TB Day, 24 March.
The WHO report confirms that good progress has been made in recent years to curb the TB pandemic at the global level, and that benchmark targets set for 2005 were nearly achieved. The European Region,