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Roundup of WHO events around the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health

The World Health Organization (WHO)'s Global TB Program released a newsletter presenting the WHO events around the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health.

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WHO updates policy for the use of TB LAM test

The World Health Organization now recommends more broader use of urinary LAM assays for diagnosis of TB in people living with HIV.

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WHO updates policy for the use of lateral flow urine lipoarabinomannan assay (LF-LAM) for diagnosing active TB in people living with HIV

30 October 2019 | Geneva - The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its guidance for the use of lateral flow urine lipoarabinomannan assay (LAM) in the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB). Following new evidence, WHO now recommends a broader use of urinary LAM assays for diagnosis of TB in people living with HIV.

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WHO evaluation of centralized assays for detection of TB and of resistance to rifampicin and isoniazid

24 October 2019 | Geneva - The TB diagnostic pipeline has advanced significantly in the last decade, with promising tools being developed in recent years. Among the newest diagnostic tools emerging from the TB diagnostic pipeline are multi-disease high throughput centralized assays which permit upfront TB detection as well as the identification of isoniazid and rifampicin resistance. The World Health Organization convened a Technical Expert Group to assess the results of an external laboratory validation of four novel centralized TB assays: the Abbott RealTime MTB and MTB RIF/INH assays, the Roche cobas® MTB and MTB-RIF/INH assays, the Hain FluoroType® MTBDR assay, and the BD MAXTM MDR-TB assay.

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Global TB Report 2019

7 million people receive record levels of lifesaving TB treatment but 3 million still miss out. TB remains the top infectious killer in the world.

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Special mapping of existing TB training curricula and related materials

11 October 2019 | Geneva: TB care is a rapidly evolving field with regular updates to policies and guidelines based on newly emerging evidence. WHO and partners frequently receive requests from member states for training curricula to facilitate rapid adoption and adaptation of WHO guidance at country level. This is especially critical given the push for accelerating the TB response to reach the targets in the political declaration of the United Nations high-level meeting on TB by Heads of State in 2018. These are aligned with the End TB Strategy and TB related Sustainable Development Goals.

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Report of the WHO Information Session for civil society representatives on the WHO guidelines development process with focus on TB guidelines

9 October 2019, GENEVA - The World Health Organization (WHO) convened an Information Session for civil society representatives through webinar to provide an update on the WHO guidelines development process, with a focus on TB guidelines. The webinar was co-organized by WHO’s Global Tuberculosis Programme and Department on Quality, Norms and Standards of the Science Division, with participation from the Office of Compliance, Risk Management and Ethics. The Session was held on 9 October 2019, as part of an ongoing dialogue between WHO and civil society representatives. Over 250 representatives from civil society, partners and other stakeholders registered for the webinar. The information session was opened by Tereza Kasaeva, Director of the WHO Global TB Programme, who reiterated WHO’s close collaboration with civil society over the past years under the leadership of the WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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Information session on the TB Guideline Development Process: Please register

The World Health Organization (WHO) is organizing an Information Session for civil society representatives to provide an update on the over WHO guidelines development process, with a focus on TB guideline development.

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Multilateral agencies launch a joint plan to boost global health goals

24 September 2019: Today at the United Nations General Assembly, 12 multilateral agencies launched a joint plan to better support countries over the next 10 years to accelerate progress towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Technical consultation on latent TB infection management: Research for scale-up and target regimen profiles

19 September 2019 | Montreal – The World Health Organization (WHO) Global TB Programme and the WHO Collaborating Centre in TB Research at McGill University, Montreal, Canada convened a two-day technical consultation on research on latent TB infection (LTBI). Around 40 participants attended the meeting representing the TB research community, national TB programmes, civil society, technical and implementation partners, and donor agencies.

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