Geneva, 30 August 2017 – Recognizing the need for innovative tools and strategies to bolster the country’s response to end TB, Thailand’s national TB research network (ThaiTurn) has just launched the country’s first national TB research roadmap. The roadmap includes research priorities targeted at addressing health systems challenges, as well as the prevention and treatment of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).
“This roadmap is a vital blueprint for invigorating efforts to end TB in Thailand,” said H.E. Minister of Public Health, Professor Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn. "Leveraging this prioritized research strategy, with all stakeholders engaged, is expected to produce strategic innovations for patient-centred TB prevention and care, bringing us one step closer to provide a promising solution for ending TB in Thailand”.
The national research roadmap includes a list of 33 questions classified in a priority order across the respective areas of biomedical, epidemiological, health systems, implementation and multidisciplinary research. Dr. Christian Lienhardt, Team leader, Research for TB Elimination at the Global TB Programme who supported the process added “The end TB targets will not be achieved without research and innovation, Thailand is taking an important step by placing research at the center of its efforts to combat TB”.
Thailand is among the top 30 countries in the world that carry the highest burden of TB, TB/HIV co infection and MDR-TB.
For more information on WHO’s support of countries developing and implementing national TB research plans, please access: http://www.who.int/tb/publications/TB_research_toolkit/en/