The update of this operational handbook was led by Nazir Ahmed Ismail, Carl-Michael Nathanson, Lice Gonzalez-Angulo and Alexei Korobitsyn, with support from Cecily Miller and Matteo Zignol, and under the overall direction of Tereza Kasaeva, Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global TB Programme (WHO/GTB). The WHO/GTB gratefully acknowledges the support of the following experts who have contributed to the review of the document: David Branigan, Treatment Action Group, United States of America (USA); Kathleen England, independent consultant, USA; Fernanda Dockhorn Costa, National Tuberculosis Programme, Brazil; Patricia Hall, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA; Rumina Hasan, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, Aga Khan University, Pakistan; Brian Kaiser, Global Drug Facility, Stop TB Partnership, Switzerland; Farzana Ismail, National Institute for Communicable Diseases Supranational TB Reference Laboratory, South Africa; Mark Nicol, University of Western Australia, Australia; Thomas Shinnick, independent consultant, USA; Elisa Tagliani, San Raffaele Supranational TB Reference Laboratory, Italy; and Wayne Van Gemert, TB Diagnostics Market Strategies, Stop TB Partnership, Switzerland. In addition, we thank the Global Laboratory Initiative, a Working Group of the Stop TB Partnership, and members of the Core Group not already mentioned above for the development of the information sheets on the diagnostic technologies included in the Handbook, in particular, special thanks to Sarabjit Singh Chadha, FIND, India; Christopher Gilpin, International Organization for Migration, Switzerland; and Abiola Tubi, National TB and Leprosy Control Programme, Nigeria.

Christopher Dobosz designed all figures.

This product was developed with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Russian Federation.

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