This operational handbook was prepared by Fuad Mirzayev, Medea Gegia and Linh Nguyen under the overall direction of Matteo Zignol and Tereza Kasaeva. The World Health Organization Global Tuberculosis (TB) Programme (WHO/GTB) gratefully acknowledges the contributions provided by Tasnim Hasan (The Sydney University, Australia), Jennifer Hughes (Desmond Tutu TB Center, South Africa) and Ignacio Monedero-Recuero (International DR-TB and TB-HIV consultant, Spain) for developing and updating Chapters 4, 5 and 6 and Annex; and Web Annexes 1 and 2. Contributions and inputs were also provided by colleagues from WHO/GTB: Nazir Ismail and Alexei Korobitsyn for Section 3.1; and Annemieke Brands, Tiziana Masini, Sabine Verkuijl and Kerri Viney for Annex and Web Annex 1. WHO/GTB gratefully acknowledges the contributions of all and the external reviewers who were involved in reviewing and providing inputs for the operational handbook. The external review group comprised Francesca Conradie (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), Fernanda da Costa (NTP, Brazil), Anthony Garcia-Prats (University of Wisconsin, United States of America), Lorenzo Guglielmetti (MSF, France), Muhammad Amir Khan (Association for Social Development, Pakistan), Riziki Kisonga (NTP, Tanzania), Mamel Quelapio (KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Philippines), Michael Rich (Partners in Health, United States of America), Maria Rodriguez (NTP, Dominican Republic), Rupak Singla (National Institute of TB & Respiratory diseases, India), Zarir Udwadia (Hinduja Hospital, India) and Fraser Wares (KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Netherlands). 

This update was funded by grants provided to WHO by the United States Agency for International Development.


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