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‘WOLFHEZE’: What is it? What happened?

‘WOLFHEZE’: What is it? What happened?

Once every two years in May, many leading lights of TB care in the WHO Europe Region talk of going off to ‘Wolfheze’. Well, if you explore a detailed map of the Netherlands, you will find that Wolfheze itself is a tiny village in the woods on the Eastern side of the country. It is where the very first of a continuing series of meetings took place about 25 years ago. The name has stuck but the meetings since have mostly taken place in or near The Hague; this year in Scheveningen, the city’s seaside resort and suburb. The organisers are a triumvirate of KNCV, ECDC, and WHO Europe plus, on the planning committees, representatives of other parties including TBEC. The hard core of the 200 or so participants are NTP Managers but with many other interested partners. Following pressure in past years, it is now accepted that there have to be plenty of civil society people there, not just present but being among the many speakers, session co-ordinators, and reporters. In practice because of its small size, it is a relatively informal gathering of people from both low and high burden countries of the Region, and a great opportunity More…

TBEC talks advocacy at Wolfheze Conference

TBEC talks advocacy at Wolfheze Conference

This week, many members of the TB Europe Coalition (TBEC) are attending the 16th Wolfheze Workshops in The Hague, the Netherlands. The workshops, jointly hosted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), aim is to strengthen tuberculosis (TB) control in the WHO European Region. What are the Wolfheze Workshops and who is involved? The workshops provide a platform for national TB programme managers, health authorities, laboratory experts, national TB surveillance correspondents, civil society organisations and other partners to discuss past achievements and future challenges. As all these groups come together under one roof, the workshops really provide an invaluable opportunity for sharing experiences, discussing progress and planning for the development of Region specific methods for fighting TB based on a consensus-building approach. TB remains a critical issue worldwide and the WHO European Region where, every hour, there are 49 new TB cases and 7 deaths, is no exception. The problem is particularly acute when you take into account multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). An estimated 76,000 MDR-TB cases occured in the WHO European Region in 2011, accounting for nearly 25 percent of cases worldwide. These shocking figures illustrate why it is so important so many More…

Wolfheze Workshops 2013

Wolfheze Workshops 2013

From 29th – 31st May, The Hague will place host to the 16th Wolfheze Workshops 2013. These workshops aim to strengthen tuberculosis (TB) control in the World Health Organisation (WHO) European Region, with an emphasis on sharing experiences and discussing progress and plans for development of Region specific guidance based on a consensus-building approach. The workshops allow for national TB programme managers, health authorities, laboratory experts, national TB surveillance correspondents, civil society organisations and other partners to discuss achievements, challenges and ways forward. This year, the programme focuses on the progrress made since the Berlin Declaration in 2007, the launch of the ECDC Framework Action Plan to Fight Tuberculosis in the European Union in 2008, and the Consolidated Action Plan to Prevent and Combat Multi-drug- and Extensively-drug resistant (M/XDR-TB) in the WHO European Region in 2011. The event will also cover progress on diagnosis, treatment and models of care, enhanced case-finding within high risk settings, extrapulmonary TB, TB among vulnerable populations, including migrants and prisoners, childhood TB, and the role of civil society. Given that the role of civil society is key in the fight against TB, this year the workshops aim to have a much bigger CSO presence. There More…

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