Issue brief |

Beyond The Microscope: Addressing the critical need for better Tuberculosis diagnostics

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been treating people with tuberculosis for over 25 years, often working alongside national health authorities and in a wide variety of contexts, including prisons, refugee camps, urban slums and remote rural areas. MSF started its first treatment programme for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) in 1999 and today is one of the biggest non-governmental organisation providers of DR-TB care. In 2012, MSF started 29,000 people in 30 countries on treatment for drug-sensitive TB (DS-TB) and around 1,800 people in 18 countries for DR-TB.1