Improving management of Multi-Drug-resistant TB (MDR TB) is a special focus of the TB CARE II project. It is estimated that there are 3,800 MDR TB cases annually in Bangladesh. A large proportion of these cases remain undetected and untreated, potentially increasing the risk of infection in the community. It is not possible to
Bangladesh is a low-income country with the population of 150.5 million. TB remains a major public health problem in Bangladesh: the country is among both high TB and high MDR-TB burden countries. More than 170,000 cases of TB including 106,790 smear positives were notified in 2012. Approximately, 70,000 people die from TB every year.
In the past 2 years the TB CARE II Project has made significant achievements in fighting against TB in Bangladesh. Key achievements include improved access to quality TB and MDR-TB Services, Laboratory Quality Assurance, Development of cPMDT Standard Operating Procedures, strengthening of social support services for MDR TB patients and strengthened support systems for
TB CARE II is working throughout Bangladesh to raise awareness of TB among vulnerable groups, including children, urban and rural populations, and low-income populations. World TB Day 2014 is a great opportunity to disseminate TB messages that specifically target these groups. For example, to successfully reach children and their parents TB CARE II decided
By: A N M Al Imran, mHealth Specialist, TB CARE II Bangladesh Mr. Nizamul Islam serves as TB CARE II’s district coordinator in Chittagong district, Bangladesh. One of his responsibilities is distributing allowances to MDR TB patients and DOT providers in the district. Through TB CARE II, MDR TB patients receive allowances – small monetary payments –
Toolkit and job aids in Bengali developed by the USAID TB CARE II Bangladesh project are now featured on the USAID K4Health website and are available for download here: https://www.k4health.org/toolkits/bangladesh-mnch/ykssmaa.
Tumpa, a 14 year old high school student, was diagnosed with TB on March 27, 2011. Although she started taking TB medication the day after, she experienced treatment failure after three months of treatment and was diagnosed with Multi Drug Resistance Tuberculosis (MDR-TB). With her new diagnosis, Tumpa started to take her medication for
Md. Anwar Hossain is a 38-year old father of two who hails from the district of Narayanganj. As an engineer at one of Bangladesh’s many textile factories, Anwar prides himself on supporting his family and helping his two sons gain a quality education. Naturally, then, he was dismayed when he learned that he may