AIGHD contributes to global TB policy

A third of the world’s population has been exposed at some point in their lives to tuberculosis. If they have no signs of active TB currently, they are considered to have latent tuberculosis infection. In 2015 WHO published guidelines on the management of latent tuberculosis infection for middle- and upper-income countries. AIGHD researcher Anja van’t Hoog contributed to the guidelines. She conducted a modelling study to determine the optimal strategy for making sure that people do not have active tuberculosis before they receive treatment for latent infection, so that development of tuberculosis drug resistance can be prevented. A summary of both the guidelines and the development process was published recently in the European Respiratory Journal.


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