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The Wolfheze Workshops 2019

The Wolfheze Workshops is an important meeting of TB policy makers and researchers from the European region. It is organized every two years by KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation in collaboration with WHO/Europe and ECDC in The Hague. This year’s event took place on 15 to 17 May at the Bilderberg Europa Hotel in Scheveningen, The Hague.

The first day of the Wolfheze Workshops is also the annual meeting of National TB Control programme managers. The Wolfheze Workhops offers an excellent opportunity to stakeholders in national TB programmes to meet with policymakers in WHO and ECDC and to share experience between Western and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The Wolfheze Workhops focuses on management and coordination of TB control efforts in European high TB priority countries and also on TB elimination strategies in low-incidence countries in Western Europe. Participants exchange experiences and contribute in development of modern TB control policies during the workshops. Several working groups prepare consensus policy documents on specific topics in TB control, based on available scientific evidence and expert opinion, which are discussed and modified during the meeting.

The first Wolfheze Workshops was organized in the early 1990’s in the Netherlands in the village of Wolfheze near Arnhem. Since then the meeting has become known as the ‘Wolfheze Workshops’. Based on the spirit of professionalism and dedication of its members, the Wolfheze Workshops are also referred to as the Wolfheze movement. The movement is meant to function as a ‘think tank’ to discuss modern policies and practices of tuberculosis control in Europe.

In 2019 the meeting focused on the momentum gained from the TB UN high level meeting that took place in September 2018 in New York, USA.  Moreover, taking into account rising rates of HIV and TB/HIV co-infection in the WHO European Region, and in order to more effectively address this alarming infectious diseases tandem, a joint TB/HIV day took place to unite stakeholders of national TB and HIV programmes and relevant partners on Wednesday 15, May 2019.

Simultaneous translation in English and Russian will allow participants to collaborate in the variety of plenary and parallel sessions. Sharing best practices, and learning from each other, is key at the Wolfheze Workshops.

For more information on participation in this event please contact: wolfheze@kncvtbc.org

Click here to read more on the survey on collaborative TB/HIV activities in countries of the WHO European Region.