World Health Organization
DECISIONS AT THE 72nd WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY
WHO LAUNCHES NEW GUIDELINES TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER PROGRAMS
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended scaling up access to testing and treatment for TB infection, especially among groups who are particularly at risk, such as small children and people living with HIV. The move will expand testing and care for people with latent TB infection. Precisely what the implications of the new guidelines are for the Global Fund is not yet known.
In operationalizing its strategic initiatives, the Secretariat has ensured that each initiative has a “sharp focus” on deliverables and outcomes, with strong accountability for delivery, a spokesperson for the Secretariat says.
Two high-profile initiatives were launched late last year, each designed to shore up the response to the global tuberculosis epidemic.