The FAST strategy is mainly implemented at specialized and general hospitals with TB units. With support from the USAID TB CARE II Project, the Vietnam NTP developed the “Guideline for FAST strategy implementation”. According to the Guideline, implementing facilities should immediately order GeneXpert MTB/RIF tests for eligible patients including: Pulmonary TB patients AFB(+), presumptive drug-resistant TB patients, presumptive TB among HIV positive people, children with presumptive TB or TB meningitis. The NTP has developed a roadmap to increase early access to GeneXpert MTB/RIF for patients with abnormal chest X-ray suggestive for TB and other presumptive TB patients. This Guideline considers FAST as a quality brand for health care service of the implementing facilities regarding rapid TB and MDR-TB diagnosis and effective treatment and reduced transmission at the hospitals. Click to view the Click to view the Guideline for FAST Strategy Implementation document.
FAST National Guidelines – Vietnam