[Plan d’action consolidé pour la prévention et la lutte contre la tuberculose multirésistante et ultrarésistante dans la Région européenne de l’OMS 2011-2015]
The plan has been prepared in consultation with representatives of the 53 countries of the WHO European Region, experts, patients and communities affected by the disease. The plan takes into account new diagnostic techniques, patient-centred models of care and services tailored to special populations. It includes six strategic directions, such as collaboration on more effective drugs, vaccines and testing, and seven areas of intervention, such as improving access to testing and treatment.
The areas of intervention of this new action plan are aligned with and have the same aim as the Global Plan to Stop TB 2011–2015  and the World Health Assembly resolution  on prevention and control of M/XDR-TB: universal access to diagnosis and treatment of M/XDR-TB.
The targets set by the new action plan, to be achieved by the end of 2015, are:
- to decrease by 20% the proportion of MDR-TB cases among previously treated patients,
- to diagnose at least 85% of estimated MDR-TB cases,
- to treat successfully at least 75% of patients notified as having MDR-TB.
If fully implemented, the plan is expected, by 2015, to diagnose 225,000 MDR-TB patients within three days of presenting to a healthcare service with TB symptoms, to successfully treat 127,000 MDR-TB patients, and to prevent the emergence of 250,000 new MDR-TB and 13,000 new XDR-TB cases. According to WHO Regional Office for Europe, this would interrupt the transmission of MDR-TB and save 120,000 lives.