On March 24th, Public Health England (PHE) celebrated world TB day by detailing the strong progress made towards implementing the national strategy in collaboration with NHS England and other major stakeholders.
One year ago, PHE and NHS England jointly launched the 5-year strategy to eliminate TB as a public health problem, and announced an £11.5 million investment as part of a collaborative initiative to decrease TB cases and reduce health inequalities.
A significant step has been the formation of 7 regional TB control boards across England, which bring together PHE, local authority public health, the NHS, NHS England, local commissioners and charities to work collaboratively to control TB in their area, ‘uniting to end TB’.
A key intervention from NHS England and PHE was the launch of a fully funded national testing and treatment programme for latent TB infection for persons who recently arrived from areas of the world where TB is common.
All 59 of the high TB burden areas in England have now signed up to this programme, which is based on evidence that treatment of people with dormant (‘latent’) TB prevents progression to the active TB disease.
NHS England have announced that they are providing a further £10 million to fund on-going testing and treatment programmes for latent TB infection in new entrants in the next year.
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Additional information: Public Health England have published a new leaflet ‘Tuberculosis: the disease, its treatment and prevention’.
See the leaflet here: