The new Finnish NAtional Tuberculosis Control Programme was published by the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in September 2006. The Filha expert group on tuberculosis chaired by professor Kari Liippo has prepared the new programmein cooperation with the Finnish National Institute of Public Health with Support of the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
The new National Tuberculosis Control Programme clarifies and unifies tuberculosis control measures and treatment practices in Finland.
The new National Tuberculosis Control Programme sets the following objectives:
a) identification of diseased persons as early as possible
b) efficient treatment, 80% cure rate for patients with infectious lung tuberculosis
c) effectient prevention of new infections
d) reduced risk of contracting the disease
e) improved knowledge and skills of health care workers to treat tuberculosis
In order to reach these objectives the following methods are proposed:
a) increasing the knowledge of the general population and health care workers of TB symptoms and risk factors.
b) treatment courses will be provided according to care recommendations, in problematic cases a national expert group will be consulted
c) provision of directly observed treatment (DOT) will be increased
d) measures aimed at risk group will be intensified as well as infection control in hospital settings
e) investigation and examination of those exposed to infection will be started immediately and mini-epidemic will be put under control as quickly as possible
f) treatment of latent tuberculosis infection prevents the development of the disease in those, who have a high risk of active TB and who adhere to treatment
g) BCG vaccine is given to newborns from risk groups in order to prevent occurrence of severe types of tuberculosis in children
h) the tuberculosis monitoring system will be improved
i) operational research on tuberculosis will be enhanced
j) international cooperation in tuberculosis control will be continued
The new Finnish NAtional Tuberculosis Control Programme is available i full text in Finnish and Swedish languages.