WHO reports long-term progress on tuberculosis prevention and care in Russia

15 January 2019

Article: 53/0203

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation have worked closely over two decades to develop effective strategies for tuberculosis (TB) prevention and care.

Through the High-level Working Group (HLWG) on TB established in 1999, more than 30 Russian Federation and international non-governmental organizations have worked in partnership to make progress towards ending TB.

The HLWG has engaged in a range of TB control activities and projects, which have helped create a sharp decline in TB mortality and incidence in Russia, with an average annual decline of 16% in mortality and 6% in incidence in the last decade.

The HLWG’s activities have covered infection prevention in TB treatment centres, laboratory diagnostics, surveillance and monitoring of TB, professional training for specialists, awareness raising measures, provision of psychosocial support to enhance TB treatment and more.

WHO Europe continues to support the Russian Federation in fully implementing the Tuberculosis Action Plan for the WHO European Region 2016–2020. The action plan sets a regional goal of ending the spread of drug-susceptible and drug-resistant TB by achieving universal access to prevention, diagnosis and treatment in all countries of the region.

Source: WHO Europe, 9 January 2019