Items tagged with TB programs

Thailand: Early diagnosis is key to controlling MDR-TB (post)

Dr Manoon Leechawengwong, is the chairman of the Drug Resistant TB Research Fund at Bangkok’s Siriraj Foundation and is also the Immediate Past President of Thai AIDS Society-- His foundation is under the patronage of the King’s sister--The Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra. He recently spoke to CNS in Bangkok about the rising problem of multi drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) in Thailand. Dr Manoon believes that drug susceptibility testing (DST) is the first crucial step in managing drug-resistant TB. It is a necessity, and not a luxury, to do culture testing for all TB patients, to help guide the physicians to select the optimal anti-TB medicines. However, a major barrier to controlling MDR-TB in Thailand (and elsewhere too) is the lack of cheap, rapid and accurate diagnostic test methods. Dr Manoon’s hospital has a cheap technique to detect MDR-TB at the cost of USD 4-5, provided AFB (Acid Fast Bacilli) is smear positive.

India: Strengthening existing health systems to manage TB (post)

An unregulated and greedy private sector and an inefficient and under- funded public sector in India generously allows its patients to choose between the devil and the deep seas. According to the National Family Health Survey-3, nearly two-thirds of all households (70% in urban and 63% in rural areas) in India generally seek health care from the private medical sector, while only one-third of households use the public medical sector. The most common reason given for not using public sector health care facilities is poor quality of the service, followed by non-availability of a facility nearby, long waiting time, and inconvenient hours of operation. This is a clear indication that India's public health delivery infrastructure fails to protect the interests of vulnerable groups.

New public-private alliance to strengthen TB laboratories in Indonesia (post)

SURABAYA (February 11, 2014) – In an ongoing effort to prevent and control infectious disease outbreaks globally, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD), a leading global medical technology company, announced today a collaboration to strengthen Indonesia’s national reference laboratory systems. This new private/public partnership supports the National Tuberculosis (TB) Program (NTP), and will aim to improve and expand quality laboratory services. In particular, the collaboration will emphasize the early detection of TB cases, as well as monitoring and treatment services.

SA's TB rate among the highest in the world (post)

South Africa has one of the highest tuberculosis (TB) incidence rates in the world, with 993 people out of 100 000 living with the disease. This is according to the latest South Africa Survey, published by the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) in Johannesburg last week.

Lesotho achieves sustainable financing for procurement of TB drugs (post)

February 17 - Lesotho/Geneva - Lesotho has become one of the first Low Middle Income Countries from the African region to be able to make a transition into self-financing, for the procurement of adult first line drugs for tuberculosis without further dependence on a grant from the Global Drug Facility.

Pakistan: Some success: Treating tuberculosis with the food basket incentive (post)

KARACHI: Faces all around you are covered by masks, even your own, because the moment you enter the area you are handed a mask.

South Africa: ARV programme saves 780 000 lives (post)

South Africa’s HIV antiretroviral (ARV) treatment programme saved 780 000 lives between 2003 and 2012, according to a recently released independent review.

Indonesia: The thinker: Tackling tuberculosis (post)

Yesterday was a good day: I told a patient of mine that she was free of tuberculosis (TB). She could stop taking medications she had been taking for six months — medications that cured her while putting her at risk of potentially serious side effects. She smiled broadly and shook my hand, thanking me effusively.

Nigeria: Global Fund tasks FG over increasing cases of untreated MDR-TB (post)

The Global Fund, a key partner in the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, NTBLCP, has raised alarm over the increasing cases of untreated multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, MDR-TB, in Nigeria.

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