Digital health in TB care and control
The potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) to combat TB still remains largely untapped. Many countries and partners have embarked on pilot projects to study how eHealth (electronic health) and mHealth (mobile health) can be used in the fight against TB. WHO is in the process of collating evidence and best practices to help guide countries on how to maximize the impact of these technologies for people with TB.
8.4 billionand more mobile connections in 2017Data
47%of the global population had access to the internet in 2016More on coverage
10.4 millionnew cases of TB in 2016TB fact sheet
News and events
This handbook aims to address some of these questions. It focuses specifically on three technologies that are being widely used to help TB patients complete their treatment over the many months that their regimens last.
A WHO/ERS consultation concludes that as the evidence and experience on the use of digital health for TB increases, further investment and bold action is needed for improved as technologies advance and open exciting new opportunities in TB care and prevention
Launch of the WHO/ERS strategic document on e/mHealth and TB/tobacco control; understanding about the activities that have been put in place and supported through the WHO/ERS joint agreement since 2014; and discussion on the state-of-the-evidence for e/mHealth and TB/tobacco control and efforts being put in place to improve it.
Over ninety representatives from countries, technical agencies, financing partners, the corporate sector as well as civil society, met for 2 days in Geneva for a first-ever consultation on the role of electronic and mobile health (e/mHealth) interventions in TB and tobacco control.