This section hosts guidelines, manuals and toolkits to strengthen public health practice.
Diagnosing and treating 40 million people with TB by 2022 is a tall order. To achieve this ambitious target, there is an urgent need to deploy strategies to improve diagnosis and initiation of care for people with TB. One of them is systematic screening for TB disease, which is included in the End TB Strategy as a central component of its first pillar to ensure early diagnosis for all with TB. A set of 17 new and updated recommendations for the screening of TB disease are aimed at identifying contacts of TB patients, people living with HIV, people exposed to silica, prisoners and other key populations to be prioritized for TB screening. The new guidance also recommends different tools for screening, namely symptom screening, chest radiography, computer-aided detection software and molecular WHO-approved rapid diagnostic tests. These guidelines will be useful for program implementers. Click here to read the guidelines.