Despite its low prevalence in Canada, tuberculosis (TB) remains a public health challenge in this country. Overall incidence rates of active TB have not significantly declined in the past decade, and the burden of disease continues to concentrate among certain populations that are disproportionately represented among the new cases.
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Tuberculosis and Public Health: Priority populations
The following constitute priority populations for TB prevention and interventions in Canada:
- Immigrants and refugees from countries with high TB incidence
- Indigenous populations (First Nations, Metis, Inuit)
- Residents in remote and far North communities
- People who are homeless and under-housed in urban settings
- Incarcerated individuals in correctional facilities
These populations are over-represented among TB incident cases and frequently experience compounded TB burden due to other health and social inequities. They are the primary focus of NCCID projects and activities in TB.
Available NCCID Resources
Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis – International Resources for Public Health Personnel
“Anti-tuberculosis (TB) drug resistance is a major public health problem that threatens progress made in TB care and control worldwide” (World Health Organization)
NCCID has curated a list of international resources for public health personnel that can be considered and adapted for the Canadian context.
‘TB Talk’ Podcasts
In February 2017, the city of Vancouver played host to hundreds of TB experts at End TB 2017, a meeting of the International Union Against Tuberculosis (North American Region). Our ‘TB Talk’ series features one-on-one conversations with experts who attended the meeting, based on questions shared with us by public health practitioners across Canada.
• Part 1: TB Priorities at End TB 2017 | Transcript
• Part 2: Tuberculosis and Cultural Humility | Transcript
• Part 3: Social Determinants of TB in Indigenous Communities | Transcript
• Part 4: New Digital Technologies and TB | Transcript
• Part 5: Post-landing Surveillance for Migrants & Virtual TB services in Alberta | Transcript
- Promising Practices Case Study: Integrated LTBI Care for Refugees: Successes and Challenges at BridgeCare Clinic in Winnipeg
- Webinar | TB Elimination – Public Health Approaches for Priority Populations
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⇒ Companion document: Key messages and helpful resources
- Public Health Speaks: Tuberculosis and the Social Determinants of Health
- Stop TB Canada
- Canadian TB Elimination Network (CTBEN)
- CIHR PEKE – First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba
- National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health
- National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health
- National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy