Tackling tuberculosis in under-served populations

Information for tuberculosis (TB) control boards and partners outlining ways to design and deliver programmes to reduce TB in under-served populations.


Tackling Tuberculosis in under-served populations: a resource for TB control boards and their partners

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Dealing with TB among USPs is one of the key areas for action identified in the Collaborative TB strategy for England. The revised 2019 version of this resource has been developed to:

  • improve the understanding of the health needs of USPs with TB
  • support the design and delivery of multi-agency programmes and services to better meet those needs
  • reduce the health inequalities associated with TB among USPs

This 2019 revision has been updated with epidemiological data for 2012 to 2017, several additional recommendations and many new exemplars of good practice. These changes have been included across all chapters.

In this resource, USPs are:

  • some migrants groups
  • people in contact with the criminal justice system
  • people who misuse drugs and/or alcohol
  • people with mental health needs
  • people who are homeless

This resource makes many useful recommendations on how TB control boards and their partners can better meet the needs of the under-served with TB, illustrated with good practice examples from across England.

Local government’s public health role

Tackling TB: local government’s public health role was published in March 2018 by the Local Government Association in collaboration with Public Health England (PHE). It is aimed at local government councillors and staff who play important front-line roles in controlling TB.

Published 18 January 2017
Last updated 23 January 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added 2019 resource update.
  2. Added information on the Local Government Association report on reducing TB.
  3. Added link for Tackling tuberculosis: local government's public health role.
  4. First published.