Welcome to EurasiaHealth TB Knowledge Network
The EurasiaHealth TB Knowledge Network (ETKN) is a central clearinghouse of English- and Russian-language TB guidelines and other resources that provide networking and learning opportunities for health professionals in the region. ETKN’s website offers information on regional TB projects, funding opportunities, and conferences, and houses hundreds of documents and resources that have been translated into Russian. The site also features discussion forums that link scientists, community activists, government officials, and other experts working on TB-related projects in the region.
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Highlighting World TB Day 2007
TB ANYWHERE IS TB EVERYWHERE the theme for 2007 World TB Day, March 24th, offers a message of urgency and shared responsibility. Unified actions on all levels will move toward a world finally free of tuberculosis. In 2007 we emphasize the preventability and curability of TB despite it remaining a global emergency. The need continues to address country-level challenges such as TB control, research, and development along with the growing TB/HIV problem.
To continue the fight against TB, the global TB community must organize for improved endemic country financial contributions to TB control; community involvement in the response to TB; scale up of donor investment; and continued attention to extensively drug-resistant (XDR-TB) and HIV-related TB issues.
Our Featured Resources this month highlight World TB Day theme issues. We encourage you to contribute your own resources.
For more information see the
Stop TB Partnership World TB Day website.
International Standards of Tuberculosis Care This document outlines widely accepted standards of tuberculosis care for both public and private providers. The standards are intended to aid in the understanding and implementation of quality TB care for patients of all ages. Patients and the TB community will hopefully be empowered to demand better quality care based off the standards outlined here.
The Patients' Charter for Tuberculosis Care: Patients' Rights and Responsibilities The Patients' Charter for Tuberculosis Care outlines patients' rights to quality care, information, choice and security among other things. The charter also emphasizes patients' responsibilities to share information, follow treatment, contribute to community health and show solidarity.
Guidelines for the Prevention of Tuberculosis in Health Care Facilities in Resource-limited Settings Health care workers (HCWs) are essential in the fight against TB and they should be protected. Given the integral nature of HCWs in managing active cases and in preventing further transmission of M. tuberculosis, the World Health Organization (WHO) presents these guidelines to provide Member States with limited resources, with inexpensive and safe control strategies for prevention of M. tuberculosis transmission in HCWs. These guidelines serve not only to prevent patient-to-HCW transmission, but also to prevent patient-to-patient transmission. Guidelines for the Programmatic Management of Drug-resistant Tuberculosis These guidelines represent the best current knowledge in the management of drug-resistant TB and MDR-TB and offer ample options for tailoring diagnosis and care to different epidemiological and programmatic conditions worldwide. The guidelines offer recommendations for medical workers in middle- and low-income countries faced with drug-resistant forms of TB.