Table 1– Wolfheze Workshops: priorities identified and public-health answers given in period 1 (1990–1995)
Wolfheze WorkshopsPublic-health problemPublic-health responseRef.
I 1990Elimination: control and elimination of tuberculosis in low-incidence countriesNational plan for tuberculosis elimination, based on government responsibility, maintenance of adequate surveillance and availability of expertise1
II 1994Migrants: high incidence of tuberculosis in migrants coming to low-incidence countriesTargeted screening, based on mandatory laboratory and physician reports to identify population segments with excess incidence that can benefit from curative and preventive interventions3
Migrants: all members of any society should have equal rights to health and equal access to health servicesIt is ethically justified to target foreign-born persons from a high-incidence country for tuberculosis control in order to offer treatment, relieve human suffering, avoiding premature death and preventing the spread of infection4
Surveillance: different definitions and data sets hinders comparison of tuberculosis surveillance in EuropeA uniform case definition and a minimum set of variables for reporting on each case will allow comparison of the epidemiology of tuberculosis in different European countries Reporting on cases is better if information requested is kept to a minimumTimely reporting is essential for appropriate public-health action10