Tuberculosis: every patient must be diagnosed effectively and have access to treatment

PACE called on member States to ensure that every tuberculosis patient is effectively diagnosed and has access to appropriate – free, and when not possible affordable – treatment and care as well as to psycho-social support.

Member States must provide “integrated and people-centred health services”, involving government agencies, local authorities and civil society organisations, and give tuberculosis care mainly in ambulatory settings, underlines the resolution unanimously adopted today, on the basis of a report by Serhii Kiral (Ukraine, EC)

The Assembly also recommended improve early detection mechanisms for tuberculosis among socially vulnerable groups, and invest in research and development for new drugs, diagnostics and vaccines. Finally, it encouraged Heads of States to attend the UN high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis in 2018.