Ministry of health of the Republic of Belarus and National TB program in collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe, UNDP, Global Fund, representatives of the Belarusian Red Cross and TB patients NGO convened the workshop on development of the new National Strategic plan for TB control on the 2–3 of April 2014 in Minsk.

Ministry of health of the Republic of Belarus and National TB program in collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe, UNDP, Global Fund, representatives of the Belarusian Red Cross and TB patients NGO convened the workshop on development of the new National Strategic plan for TB control on the 2–3 of April 2014 in Minsk.

Dr. Masoud Dara, Program manager TB and M/XDR–TB control at the WHO Regional Office for Europe and George Sakvarelidze, Fund Portfolio Manager participated in the workshop and Country Coordination Mechanism (CCM) meeting on the 3–rd of April 2014.

The current support for MDR–TB control of the Global Fund for Belarus is secured for the period up to the end of 2015. Within the new funding mechanism the GF allocated additional amount for Belarus TB control support of 11.8 mln. USD for the period of 2016–2018.

Participants of the in–country dialogue discussed the process of development of the new application for the Global Fund support for 2016–2018 and New State Program on TB/MDR–TB control in Belarus for 2016–2020, agreed on the main objectives and areas of support, such as introduction of rapid diagnostic techniques for detection of TB and MDR–TB; universal treatment coverage of all TB, MDR–TB and XDR–TB patients, support for infection control measures, pharmacovigilance and health system strengthening.