Prevention of tuberculosis transmissions in times of high migration

Team: Dr. Sven Stadtmüller
Leader: Dr. Jette Schröder, PD Dr. Natalja Menold
Scientific unit: Survey Design and Methodology (SDM)


In Germany, the number of new patients who suffer from tuberculosis (TB) has been rising continuously since 2013. This is mainly due to the immigration of people from high-prevalence countries of TB. The main purpose of the project is to identify causes for TB-transmissions in times of high migration in order to develop preventive measures or strategies. The project consists of two parts: In the first one, problems and potential improvements in the fields of TB diagnosis and treatment are analysed, relying on problem-centered interviews with TB doctors, staff from public health offices and TB patients who came to Germany as asylum seekers. In the second part, patients from different countries of origin are asked about their cognitions and attitudes towards their disease and therapy based on a standardized survey in the patients’ mother tongue.



01.08.2015 - 14.06.2019

Sponsored by




  • Forschungszentrum Borstel – Leibniz-Zentrum für Medizin und Biowissenschaften
  • Research Center Borstel – Leibniz Center for Medicine and Biosciences
  •  German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)
  • Hans-Knöll-Institut – Leibniz-Institut für Naturstoff-Forschung und Infektionsbiologie
  • Hans-Knöll-Institute – Leibniz-Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology


  • Stadtmüller, Sven; Schröder, Jette; Ehlers, Stefan (i.E.) Eine Schätzung der Prävalenz von Tuberkulose bei Asylsuchenden in Deutschland. In: Epidemiologisches Bulletin.
  • Stadtmüller, Sven; Schröder, Jette; Ehlers, Stefan (i.E.) Estimating the prevalence of tuberculosis among asylum seekers in Germany. In: Epidemiological Bulletin.