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Evaluation of TB response frameworks in WPRO featured in "Bulletin of the WHO"

Leveraging national disease control plans: WHO CC examines regional tuberculosis response frameworks in WHO Western Pacific Region

Research by the WHO TB collaborative centre, conducted by TB-CRE investigators Kerri Viney, Chris Lowbridge, Ben Marais, was featured in the May 2021 issue of the WHO Bulletin. The publication assessed the implementation of the Regional framework for action on implementation of the End TB Strategy in the Western Pacific, 2016–2020 in countries and areas in the WHO Western Pacific Region (more about the WHO Western Pacific Region).

The investigators found that only 14 of the 37 countries and areas had a national TB strategic plan, including all countries and regions with a high TB incidence. Most senior TB programme staff responding to the survey (16/23) reported that the regional framework helped develop their national targets and grant applications. Programmatic challenges identified included financing, human resources, public-private mix, active case finding, and paediatric and drug-resistant TB. Most of the 17 key informants thought that the regional framework’s categorisation of actions (for all settings, specific settings and pre-elimination settings) was helpful. The added value of the regional framework over other relevant documents was not apparent due to content overlap. The investigators concluded that the regional framework influenced national level TB control planning and implementation positively. The WHO tuberculosis collaborative centre recommends that future regional frameworks provide a longer-term strategic horizon and address emerging trends and persistent problems faced by countries or regions.

Evaluation of the 2016–2020 regional tuberculosis response framework, WHO Western Pacific Region Kerri Viney, Chris Lowbridge, Fukushi Morishita, Kalpeshsinh Rahevar, Kyung H Oh, Tauhid Islam & Ben J Marais

See the complete list of contents for the

Bulletin of the World Health Organisation

Volume 99, Number 5, May, 321-404 below

Highlights from the May 2021 issue of the WHO Bulletin:


Consensus on disease control objectives in the context of COVID-19 vaccines — Vageesh Jain & Sam Tweed

Digital health technologies and adherence to tuberculosis treatment — Hussain Abbas Zaidi & Charles D Wells


Preventing the next pandemic

Helen Rees: learning from past mistakes


Evaluation of the 2016–2020 regional tuberculosis response framework, WHO Western Pacific Region — Kerri Viney, Chris Lowbridge, Fukushi Morishita, Kalpeshsinh Rahevar, Kyung H Oh, Tauhid Islam & Ben J Marais

Gaps in health security related to wildlife and environment affecting pandemic prevention and preparedness, 2007–2020 — Catherine Machalaba, Marcela Uhart, Marie-Pierre Ryser-Degiorgis & William B Karesh

Emergency response and the need for collective competence in epidemiological teams — Amy Elizabeth Parry, Martyn D Kirk, David N Durrheim, Babatunde Olowokure, Samantha Colquhoun & Tambri Housen


Mental health of adolescents associated with sexual and reproductive outcomes: a systematic review — Rachel Vanderkruik, Lianne Gonsalves, Grace Kapustianyk, Tomas Allen & Lale Say


Prevention of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from international arrivals: Xiaotangshan Designated Hospital, China Zujin Luo, Yi Zhang, Yue Zheng, C Raina MacIntyre, Ying Liang, Quanyi Wang & Yingmin Ma

Transforming the health information system using mobile and geographic information technologies, Papua New Guinea — Alexander Rosewell, Phil Shearman, Sundar Ramamurthy & Rob Akers


Supply-chain strategies for essential medicines in rural western Kenya during COVID-19 — Dan N Tran, Phelix M Were, Kibet Kangogo, James A Amisi, Imran Manji, Sonak D Pastakia & Rajesh Vedanthan

Community surveillance of COVID-19 by village health volunteers, Thailand — Nayawadee Kaweenuttayanon, Ratrawee Pattanarattanamolee, Nithikorn Sorncha & Shinji Nakahara


Future directions and priorities in sepsis epidemiology research: a call for action — Alessandro Cassini, Carolin Fleischmann-Struzek, Mohsen Naghavi, Konrad Reinhart & Benedetta Allegranzi on behalf of the WHO Sepsis Expert Technical Group

Sexual and reproductive health and rights of migrants: strengthening regional research capacity — Vanessa Brizuela, Anuj Kapilashrami, Mercedes Bonet, Rajat Khosla, Loulou Kobeissi, Lale Say & Anna Thorson

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