Stop TB Partnership

Stronger measures to protect health workers from TB urged at Union conference

29 October 2011 - Lille, France - Tuberculosis (TB) advocates and implementers gathered at the Union World Conference on Lung Health to discuss the need for stronger occupational safety programmes to protect healthcare workers at risk of acquiring TB in high burden settings.

At a session hosted by the USAID TB CARE II project, participants reviewed current knowledge regarding the risk of TB infection among healthcare workers, examined the status of existing occupational safety programmes and discussed strategies to protect health workers at risk of TB.

The session was the culmination of a year-long effort by TB CARE II to investigate occupational safety programmes and outline steps that high burden countries can take to strengthen protection for health workers at risk of TB. The report and session summary are available on the TB CARE II website.

TB CARE II is a USAID project designed to provide global leadership and assist national tuberculosis programs in high burden countries in accelerating the implementation of TB programmes. Led by University Research Co, the TB CARE II project team includes representatives from Partners in Health, Jhpiego, Project HOPE and other organizations.