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

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Time period covered: 2 - 9 June 2014
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European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Report of the joint ECDC and WHO review of the national tuberculosis programme in Bulgaria. Stockholm: ECDC; 2014.

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​This 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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The Minister of Health of Bulgaria, Dr Tanya Andreeva, invited the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO Regional Office) to jointly conduct a review of the Bulgarian National Tuberculosis Control Programme. The terms of reference of the review were discussed and agreed upon by the Department of ‘Specialized Donor-funded Programmes’ and ECDC. From 2 to 9 June 2014, a team of nine experts visited Bulgaria to perform the review. The programme of the review included visits to national institutions involved in tuberculosis (TB) prevention and control, primary healthcare facilities, regional hospitals including laboratories, the hospital for treatment of multidrug-resistant TB, a prison hospital, regional health inspectorates, and non-governmental organisations. The team was supported by national experts.