The TB Unit of the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia assists countries in the Region in achieving set targets for TB control through policy guidance, advocacy, planning, information exchange, technical support, assistance for human resource development, resource mobilization, monitoring and evaluation and operational research. Under the Updated Regional Strategic Plan 2012–2015, intensified action to add impetus to current efforts and promote additional interventions for TB control is envisaged. WHO’s End TB Strategy, adopted by governments at the World Health Assembly last year (May 2014), is designed to drive action in three key areas: integrated patient-centred TB care and prevention for all in need, including children; bold policies and supportive systems; and intensified research and innovation. The strategy sets ambitious targets of a 95% reduction in TB deaths and a 90% reduction in cases of TB by 2035. An important milestone to be reached within the next five years (2020) is the elimination of catastrophic costs for TB patients and their families. Eliminating catastrophic costs is feasible through making care more accessible and through financial protection schemes to minimize medical and non-medical costs as well as income loss.
Department of Communicable Diseases
World Health Organization
Regional Office for South-East Asia
World Health House
Mahatma Gandhi Marg
New Delhi 110 002, India
Fax: 91 11 23378412