Regional Strategy
To Stop Tuberculosis
in the Western Pacific

Quick Facts

Introduction to the Regional Strategy
to Stop TB 2011-2015

Significant progress has been made in tuberculosis (TB) control in the Western Pacific Region over the past decade. Every year, more than 1.3 million patients in the Region are diagnosed with TB and more than 90% of those with infectious forms of pulmonary tuberculosis are successfully treated. As a result of the successful expansion of quality TB services, the number of prevalent TB patients in the Region fell from 3.6 million in 2000 to 2 million in 2008, and fewer patients are dying of TB.

TB control programmes in the Region still face significant challenges that need to be addressed urgently with increased political commitment and resources. The Regional Strategy to Stop Tuberculosis in the Western Pacific (2011–2015) aims to provide guidance to countries in the development of their national TB control strategies, putting into practice the critical components of the Stop TB Strategy. The new strategy has been informed by the latest technical and health systems developments, including the introduction of new cross-cutting diagnostics.

Vision: To achieve elimination of TB as a public health problem. The definition of elimination is an incidence rate of less than 1 TB case per 1 million population.

Goal: To reduce by half the prevalence of and mortality from all forms of TB by 2015, relative to 2000 level, in all countries with a high burden of TB by moving towards universal access to diagnosis and treatment of all forms of TB, including smear-negative and M/XDR-TB.

Guiding principles:

  1. Positioning the health systems strengthening agenda at the centre of the TB control strategy;
  2. Considering the legal and ethical issues of TB care and promoting a human rights-based approach to TB policy developments;
  3. Valuing partnership, participation and social mobilization at all stages of TB programming.

Objective 1.

Promoting universal and equitable access to quality TB diagnosis and treatment for all people

Objective 2.

Strengthening TB laboratory capacity

Objective 3.

Scaling up the programmatic
management of drug-resistant TB


Objective 4.

Expanding TB/HIV collaborative activities


Objective 5.

Strengthening TB programme management capacity


According to the latest WHO estimates, the regional goal of halving prevalence and mortality by 2010 relative to 2000 levels is likely to be achieved. This achievement is the result of the rapid expansion of DOTS, while maintaining a high cure rate. It should be noted, however, that the latest WHO estimates have large confidence intervals and should thus be interpreted with caution.

Quick facts about the current situation in the Western Pacific: