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Reducing TB Delays: Evaluating the Frequency and Causes of Delays in Bangladesh and Swaziland

In 2011-2012, TB CARE II undertook a study to understand TB patients’ delays and inform the development of an integrated set of recommendations for TB program managers and service providers regarding the appropriateness of different strategies for reducing patient factor delays in accessing TB diagnostic and treatment services.

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Inclusion of TB in National Insurance Programs

In 2011-2012, the USAID TB CARE II project implemented by University Research Co., (URC) undertook a series of case studies to examine the extent to which TB has been integrated into National Health Insurance (NHI) programs in several high burden TB countries and to analyze the impact of NHI on achievement of National TB Control objectives. Assessments were carried out in four countries: Thailand, Peru, Phillippines, and India.

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TB CARE II Introduces Field Guide for the Management of Multidrug-Resistant TB in Children

TB CARE II recently introduced a new field guide on the management of pediatric Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) at the Union World Conference.

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CDC-Lab Project Helps SANU Launch Medical Laboratory Science Programme

Begining in August 2012, Students at Southern African Nazarene University (SANU) in Manzini, Swaziland can now complete a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Programme (BSMLSP), a degree program developed by the university in partnership with the TB and HIV Laboratory Technical Assistance Project, implemented by University Research Co., LLC (URC) through support from the US Centers for Disease Control.

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USAID TB CARE II Project Saves Lives of Communities in Mangochi

Access to health care services among rural, resource-poor people in low-income countries remains a major obstacle to TB control efforts. A critical factor is the need to improve access to diagnostic facilities, which in many rural areas double as TB treatment initiation and registration centres for TB patients. It is common for patients to travel over 50 kilometers to access TB treatment initiation services. Thanks to the USAID TB CARE II project, more than 31, 558 people living near the Chilipa Health Centre can now access TB diagnosis and treatment close to their communities.

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