E-DETECT TB (Early detection and integrated management of tuberculosis in Europe) is a four-year collaborative project of TB experts, universities, charities and national TB programs supported by the EU.
The project started in 2015. The different work packages (WPs) in the project sought to utilize evidence-based interventions to ensure early diagnosis, improve integrated care and support community and prison outreach activities in low and high-incidence countries. KNCV was actively involved in three work packages: WP4 Outreach for early diagnosis, WP6 Establishing a database of latent and active TB in Europe, WP7 Supporting national TB programmes.
KNCV was the lead partner in WP4 in collaboration with the UK Find &Treat Project and the Romanian Marius Nasta Institute. Building on experience with active case finding in vulnerable groups in The Netherlands a screening project amongst prisoners was introduced with Mobile x-ray unit (MXU) and computer aided detection for TB (CAD4TB).
Although the initial objectives for WP4 were not reached, important lessons were learned from the project. In Romania, the project contributed to the launch of nation-wide active case finding project with the use of MXUs in November 2019. In WP6 the multinational database was established. A no-cost extension for this work package was granted by the EU, to enable the partners to analyze and report the data to a wider international audience. Several peer-reviewed publications on the achievements in E-detect TB work packages are in preparation.
Countries: Romania and Bulgaria