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About the document "Guidelines for Control of TB in Prisons"

About the document "Guidelines for Control of TB in Prisons"

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A note (from the authors) about the document "Guidelines for Control of TB in Prisons".
A note (from the authors) about the document "Guidelines for Control of TB in Prisons".

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Published by: International Committee of the Red Cross on Mar 22, 2010
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1 August 2009 Dear Sir/Madam

One third of the world’s population is infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, consequently more than 9 million cases of active tuberculosis and 1.5 million deaths occurs due to TB every year globally. Without further efforts to control tuberculosis particularly among the risk groups, TB will continue to be a major public health problem. Prisoners and the prison environment are considered vulnerable to TB infection, transmission and development of resistance to treatment. Since the first International Guidelines for Control of TB in Prisons were issued in 1997, TB has evolved considerably with emergence of poly/multi and extensively drug resistance forms. Likewise new tools and approaches to diagnosis and treatment of TB have been developed. It is our pleasure to share with you the third edition of the International Guidelines for Control of Tuberculosis in Prisons 2009. This document provides the latest guiding principles for implementation of the internationally recommended Stop TB strategy in prison settings. Implementation of these Guidelines in line with the Stop TB Strategy will accelerate the achievement of case detection and treatment targets and thus prevent and manage drug resistant TB and TB/HIV co-infection. These Guidelines are aimed at providing prison health staff with the necessary information they need to tackle TB. The Global Health Bureau, Office of Health, Infectious Disease and Nutrition (HIDN), US Agency for International Development, financially supported this document through TB CAP under the terms of Agreement No.GHS-A-00-05-00019-00. The electronic version of the document is available at the TBCTA website (www.tbcta.org).


Dr Masoud Dara

Dr Hernan Reyes

Senior Consultant, International Unit KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Parkstraat 17, 2514 JD The Hague The Netherlands

Medical Coordinator, Health in Detention International Committee of the Red Cross 19 Avenue de la Paix, 1202 Geneva Switzerland

KNCVTuberculosisFoundation POBOX146, 2501CC THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS INFO@KNCVTBC.NL PHONE: + 3 1 7 0 4 1 6 7 2 2 2 FAX: + 3 1 7 0 3 5 8 4 0 0 4

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