Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
On-line version ISSN 1680-5348
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
KESSLER, C.; CONNOLLY, M.; LEVY, M. and CHAULET, P.. Tuberculosis control in refugees and displaced persons. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 1997, vol.2, n.4, pp.295-298. ISSN 1680-5348. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49891997001000024.
As a result of national and international conflicts, the number of refugees and displaced persons in various countries of the world is increasing. The complex and protracted nature of these conflicts often forces refugees to remain away from their countries for long periods, living in refugee camps. Many refugees come from countries where tuberculosis is endemic and, once the immediate problems of establishing a camp are overcome, this disease becomes the principal problem affecting refugee camps. In order to advise the persons in charge of refugee camps on how to set up tuberculosis control programs, this document details the general requirements and specific recommendations of WHO for the implementation of such programs, as well as guidelines for their evaluation and monitoring, including criteria that would justify camp closure.