Table 3– Wolfheze Workshops: priorities identified and public-health answers given in period 3 (2006 onwards)
Wolfheze WorkshopsPublic-health problemPublic-health responseRef.
XII 2006Interferon-γ release assays: tuberculin skin tests have many shortcomingsInterferon-γ release assays offer an alternative to tuberculin skin tests for the diagnosis of tuberculosis and latent infection or as an additional diagnostic method for active tuberculosis37
Contact tracing: policies and practices differ between and in countries Scientific evidence is lackingBest practice strategies are outlined, suggestions for better monitoring and evaluation of outcome of contact tracing given36
XIII 2008European Framework: epidemiological patterns are diverse between countries, and control efforts are challenged by problems such as multidrug-resistance tuberculosis, extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, tuberculosis/HIV co-infection and the concentration of cases within vulnerable groupsEuropean Centre of Disease Control has developed a Framework Action Plan to fight tuberculosis in the EUIt is in line with and complementary to the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals and the World Health Organization Stop TB Strategy40
Tuberculosis control in high-priority countries: 85% of the European tuberculosis burden is situated in 18 high-priority countriesWorld Health Organization regional office for Europe has developed a “Plan to Stop TB 2007–2015”The plan describes the main challenges, strategies and activities to control tuberculosis in the 18 high-priority countries35
Migration: little information exists on internal and external migration in countries of Eastern EuropeAccess to healthcare for undocumented migrants is not always assuredInternal or external migrants need to be monitoredIn an official statement of the EU recommendations for the most vulnerable (undocumented) migrants were endorsed in November 200841, 42