Tuberculosis (TB)

TB diagnostics and laboratory strengthening

WHO monitoring of Xpert MTB/RIF roll-out

Xpert MTB/RIF is an automated, cartridge-based nucleic amplification assay for the simultaneous detection of TB and rifampicin resistance directly from sputum in under two hours. The technology is based on the GeneXpert platform and was developed as a partnership between the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), Cepheid Inc. and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, with support from the US National Institutes of Health. WHO recommended use of the technology in December 2010 and is monitoring the global roll-out of the technology to promote coordination.

TBXpert Project

The TBXpert Project, a three-year UNITAID-funded collaboration (2013-2015), is making available up to USD25.9 million for roll-out of the Xpert MTB/RIF technology to 21 recipient countries. The TBXpert Project is being managed by the WHO Global TB Programme and the Stop TB Partnership secretariat.

Global summary statistics of procurement

Available map indicators:

  • whether country has procured at least one GeneXpert instrument
  • total number of procured GeneXpert modules
  • total number of procured Xpert MTB/RIF cartridges


Meetings on Xpert MTB/RIF