Interventions in vulnerable groups are the key to eliminating tuberculosis in Europe
This short document gives an overview of why interventions among vulnerable groups are necessary and what can be done, with examples and data to give evidence of the points raised. It is intended to address policy makers when needing political commitment or funding for TB programmes.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious infectious disease that although treatable, can be fatal. In 2014, it affected around 58 000 people in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA). The number of new TB cases is slowly decreasing by around 5% each year, but at this pace, the disease will not be eliminated in the near future. One challenge for elimination is the existence of pockets of TB in society, concentrated among the most vulnerable, such as the homeless, drug users, alcoholics and some migrant populations, who may be at higher risk of exposure, live in poor conditions or do not have access to
TB Policy Briefing Design - .Zip File
TB Policy Briefing Design File.zip
Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious infectious disease that although treatable, can be fatal. In 2014, it affected around 58 000 people in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA).
Last-line antibiotics are failing: options to address this urgent threat to patients and healthcare systems
18 Nov 2016 - This briefing aims to draw the attention of policymakers to examples of measures that can be taken at national and local levels to halt the spread of highly resistant bacteria, especially those resistant to ‘last-line’ antibiotics.
ECDC policy briefing - Preparing for Zika in the EU
23 Jun 2016 - This document highlights preparedness measures that should be in place to minimise the risk of Zika virus spreading in continental Europe, primarily to protect pregnant women and women who wish to become pregnant, considering the evidence of the association between Zika virus and congenital malformations of the brain of the developing foetus.