Stop TB (STB) work at a glance
The vision of the Regional Strategy 2011-2015 is to reach all TB patients at an early stage of their disease and to ensure universal access to TB diagnosis, treatment and care. In-line with WHO's core functions, the primary role of Stop TB in the Western Pacific Regional Office (STB WPRO's) is to provide leadership, normative guidance and technical assistance to countries as they develop and implement their National TB Strategies; to convene partners for a comprehensive approach to TB control; and to articulate evidence-based policy options.
STB WPRO works closely with the 37 countries and areas in the Western Pacific Region, and with the 7 TB high-burden countries in particular, to provide quality technical support and guidance in all aspects of the Regional Strategy 2011-2015.
Every other year, country, regional and global partners are convened at a meeting of National TB Programme and Laboratory Managers from TB high-burden countries. This is considered a "family meeting" where successes, challenges and new opportunities are discussed to strengthen National TB Programmes. The outcomes of this meeting set the tone for future work and support a Regionally-coordinated approach to TB control in the Western Pacific.
This Region has made remarkable progress in TB control in the past decade, but we must increase our efforts to find undiagnosed cases of TB and build capacity in countries to manage MDR-TB and TB/HIV co-infection.
STB WPRO's primary areas of focus are the following:
- Universal access to quality TB diagnosis and services (intensified case-finding, high-risk groups)
- Multi-drug Resistant TB and Extensively Drug-Resistant TB (MDR/XDR-TB) management
- TB/HIV co-infection
- Infection control
- Laboratory strengthening
- Drug management
- Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization (ACSM)
- Technical Assistance and partner coordination
- Monitoring and Evaluation (recording & reporting/information systems, data verification, prevalence surveys)
- Programme and Financial Management (resource mobilization, capacity-building and training)
- Operational Research