Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious global public health threat, causing 1.5 million deaths in 2013 and 9 million people falling ill that year. New information and communication technology present significant opportunities to combat this disease on various fronts. The Agenda highlights strategic directions to integrate digital health into TB prevention and care activities in support of WHO’s End TB Strategy.
Digital health for the End TB Strategy - an agenda for action:
- Advocates that TB programmes, other national authorities and all stakeholders integrate digital health solutions in their implementation of the End TB Strategy. Information and communication technology can help advance patient care, surveillance, programme management, staff development (e.g. eLearning), and the engagement of communities.
- Guides programmes on promising options for first focus of efforts, building on the limited available evidence about the effectiveness of digital health interventions for ending TB.
- Promotes continued monitoring and investment in implementation research on digital health interventions to increase the evidence base on effectiveness and impact.
Keywords: HIV, TB, health care, diagnostic, eLearning, surveillance and monitoring