This section hosts guidelines, manuals and toolkits to strengthen public health practice.
As the world comes together to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to ensure that essential services and operations for dealing with long-standing health problems continue to protect the lives of people with TB and other diseases or health conditions. Health services, including national programs to combat TB, need to be actively engaged in ensuring an effective and rapid response to COVID-19. The WHO Global TB Programme along with WHO regional and country offices, has developed an information note, in collaboration with stakeholders. This note is intended to assist national TB programs and health personnel in ensuring continuity of essential services for people affected with TB during the COVID-19 pandemic, driven by innovative people-centred approaches, as well as maximizing joint support to tackle both diseases. It advises that all measures be implemented to prevent stigmatization or discrimination of people affected by either of these conditions, through respect for their confidentiality and protection of their human rights, among other actions. It is a useful document for policy makers. Click here to read the document.