Find and Treat team help launch London Assembly report into tuberculosis 

27/10/2015 00:00 
UCLH’s Find and Treat service played an important part in the launch of a London Assembly report into tackling TB in the capital earlier today.

Parts of London have higher rates of tuberculosis than Rwanda or Iraq, the report says. And a third of London's boroughs suffer from high rates of TB, with more than 40 incidents per 100,000 people. Some wards in Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hounslow and Newham have rates of more than 150 per 100,000.

The report said prisoners, homeless people, people with substance abuse issues, refugees and migrants were particularly at risk. This is where the Find and Treat service comes in.

The innovative model sees a specialist outreach team working alongside more than 200 NHS and NGO front line services to tackle TB among homeless people, drug or alcohol users, vulnerable migrants and people who have been in prison.

The report stressed that TB poses a highly significant public health challenge in the capital today. The London Assembly Health Committee report ‘Tackling TB in London’ calls for better public information, more outreach work and for the Mayor to take a leading role in TB control.

For a selection of the media coverage of the report, see the BBC | The Guardian | Metro | Telegraph | GLA press release | Mail Online | BBC London Radio (1h 50m in).



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