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A commentary piece written by Dr Zulma Vanessa Rueda and Dr Yoav Keynan to WEPHREN.

The WHO Europe good practices in the prevention and care of tuberculosis in correctional facilities published earlier this year highlights some promising practices for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis (TB). The case studies of promising practices range from low to high incidence settings (Denmark to India and Russian Federation) and in wide range of economic contexts from low to high-income countries. According to the report an estimated one in 16 of the new TB cases notified in the WHO European Region occur in the penitentiary system. Overall, the TB notification rate in correctional facilities in 2016 was 958 per 100,000 population (based on data from 27 Member States in the Region), over 30 times higher than in the general population. The ratio of 20-30 is consistent with studies from other countries.

Read the full commentary here.