A movement to promote and conduct research on the treatment and prevention of drug-resistant tuberculosis, with a commitment to address the substantial existing gaps in our knowledge and to help provide access to an effective cure and prophylaxis of drug-resistant tuberculosis throughout the world.


Nearly nine million people will develop tuberculosis (TB) in the world this year; at least 500,000 of these cases will have multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Some will receive treatment. However, we know little about the best ways of treating drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) and preventing tuberculosis in people who come in contact with DR-TB patients. Lacking a strong scientific basis in prescribing treatment regimens, existing TB treatments are often ineffective. TB control efforts require new evidence-based knowledge about optimal treatment regimens, prophylaxis, and, possibly, regimens involving new TB drugs, in order to address the growing health threats of MDR-TB and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB.

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WHO Interim Policy Guidance on the Use of Delamanid in the Treatment of MDR-TB in Children and Adolescents


The use of delamanid in the treatment of MDR-TB was recommended by the World Health Organization in 2014. However, these interim policy recommendations were limited to adult MDR-TB patients under very strict conditions. In view of recent data on the use of delamanid in children diagnosed with MDR-TB, the WHO convened an independent, multidisciplinary, international expert panel to assess new data and develop an addendum to the 2014 interim guidance on delamanid, with specific recommendations to paediatric MDR-TB patients.  Based on the assessment of this evidence and recommendations from the expert panel, the WHO now recommends that delamanid may be added to the WHO-recommended longer regimen in children and adolescents (6 – 17 years).

Read the full report here.


Recent News and Announcements

TB-PRACTECAL Recruits First Patient

The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) sponsored clinical trial, TB-PRACTECAL, has begun. The trial’s first patient was randomized and started treatment on January 17, 2017 at the trial site in Nukus, Uzbekistan. In parallel to enrollment at the Nukus study site, additional sites are being upgraded and readied for recruitment in the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa by […]

WHO Welcomes New Agreement Between Medicines Patent Pool and Johns Hopkins University on the Development of Sutezolid for TB Treatment

The World Health Organization welcomes a new licensing agreement between the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) and Johns Hopkins University to facilitate the clinical development of the TB drug candidate sutezolid. Phase I trials indicated that sutezolid has action mechanisms similar to those of linezolid, the commercially-available oxazolidinone antibiotic in the same class, but that sutezolid […]

Indian Girl with XDR-TB Wins Access to Bedaquiline

India’s Ministry of Health agreed to grant access to bedaquiline to an 18-year old girl suffering from extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB). The girl, who was diagnosed with XDR-TB in 2013, was previously unable to receive treatment with bedaquiline due to stringent restrictions on the new drug’s use in India.  The girl’s father brought her predicament […]

Webinar | The PHOENIx MDR-TB Trial | Thursday, January 19th at 08:30 EST (13:30 CET, 14:30 SAST)

Mark your calendar for Thursday, January 19th from 08:30 to 09:30 EST (13:30-14:30 CET, 14:30-15:30 SAST) for a presentation from Dr. Gavin Churchyard, MBBCh, MMED, FCP (SA), PhD, entitled “Protecting MDR-TB and XDR-TB Affected Households: The PHOENIx MDR-TB Trial”. The Protecting Households On Exposure to Newly Diagnosed Index Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Patients (PHOENIx) Study, is a phase III trial in development by […]

New: MDR-TB Clinical Trials Landscape Supplement now online

The Pediatric Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis Clinical Trials Landscape Supplement has been published in the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and is now available online! The supplement can be found in the December 2016 issue of the IJTDL – find a direct link to the issue and all included articles here. A complete list of articles […]

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