WHO/Europe

WHO increases humanitarian efforts as crisis in Ukraine continues

The members of the health cluster for Ukraine, under WHO’s leadership, came together on 11 February to discuss status reports from local field offices and strengthen the response to the growing humanitarian crisis. The reports included information on the provision of health care to children, the activities of medical emergency public health units (MEPUs), Roma communities and centres for internally displaced persons (IDPs), and updates on health information tools and needs assessments. The following briefly highlights WHO activities in the region.

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Belarus pilots new financial model to strengthen ambulatory tuberculosis care

A WHO/Green Light Committee mission visited Belarus on 1–5 December 2014, to monitor the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and review a pilot financing project.

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Report of the joint ECDC and WHO review of the national tuberculosis programme in Bulgaria

The report outlines the results of the joint ECDC and WHO review of the Bulgarian National Tuberculosis Control Programme. The programme of the review included visits to national institutions involved in tuberculosis prevention and control, primary healthcare facilities, regional hospitals including laboratories, the hospital for treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, a prison hospital, regional health inspectorates, and non-governmental organisations. The team was supported by national experts.

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Correspondence article “Conflict and drug-resistant tuberculosis in Ukraine” just published in The Lancet

The WHO Regional Office TB and M/XDR-TB Control Programme and the Country Office in Ukraine just published a correspondence article in The Lancet. The article, entitled “Conflict and drug-resistant tuberculosis in Ukraine”, highlights the critical health needs with a focus on the TB and MDR-TB situation in the country as a result of the ongoing conflict.

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WHO to cooperate more closely with Romania on improving TB services

WHO/Europe will strengthen its partnership with Romania to improve the quality and delivery of tuberculosis (TB) services, turn the tide against drug-resistant TB, and accelerate the implementation of structural health system reforms in the country. These were the main themes of a high-level visit to Romania on 13–14 October 2014 by Dr Hans Kluge, Director, Division of Health Systems and Public Health and Special Representative of the Regional Director to prevent and combat multidrug- and extensively drug-resistant (M/XDR) TB, Dr Marc Sprenger, Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), and Mr Nicolas Cantau, Regional Manager of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

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Advisory Committee meeting for the new TB Action Plan of the WHO European Region, 2016–2020

3 October 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark - The TB and M/XDR-TB Control Programme (TBM) held the first meeting of the Advisory Committee on Friday, 3 October, at the Regional Office in Copenhagen, Denmark, to discuss the new TB Action Plan for the WHO European Region 2016–2020. The Committee includes representatives from high- and low-TB-incidence countries, patient representatives and key partner organizations, such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) and WHO Headquarters.

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WHO/Europe: New expert opinion document

The role of surgery in the treatment of pulmonary TB and multidrug- and extensively drug-resistant TB

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WHO appeals for US$ 14 million to scale up health operations in Ukraine

WHO is expanding its health response in Ukraine to support the health needs of those affected in conflict areas and internally displaced by the ongoing fighting in the Donbas region (Donetsk and Luhansk) of eastern Ukraine. On World Humanitarian Day, WHO calls on the international community to pledge US$ 14 million to safeguard the health of an increasingly vulnerable population.

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WHO/Europe: Report of high-level meeting on World TB Day 2014 published

The report of the high-level meeting organized to commemorate World Tuberculosis Day 2014 is now published.

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Training course Strengthening TB Control in prisons of M/XDR-TB high-burden countries

The newly-appointed WHO Collaborating Centre on Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis in Prisons located in  Azerbaijan, is organizing a training course for policy makers and health providers involved in planning and implementation of tuberculosis services in penal institutions of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The course will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan on 22 - 26 September 2014. Only 15 participants can be accepted. Applications should be sent by 1 August 2014 through the link below.

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