In April 2014, TB CARE II, in partnership with the Tajikistan Ministry of Health and Social Protection, established the Macheton National TB Hospital in Tajikistan as an infection control demonstration site. The purpose of this site is to document the magnitude of TB burden caused by poor infection control, establish more effective infection control practices, and to use the site as a training base to build national and regional interest and investment in TB infection control. In attendance at the launch event were USAID Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Burgess, the Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection Navruz Djafarov, as well as other representatives from the Ministry, the National TB Control Program, and other stakeholders and donor agencies.

Tajikistan has high rates of TB and MDR TB, which poses an imminent threat to the health care workers who treat them. Poor conditions, including poor airflow, late initiation of treatment after diagnosis, poor local room sterilization, and rare use of personal respiratory exacerbates transmission of TB among hospitalized cases and their contacts and is a clear threat to health workers.

The Macheton National TB Hospital will spearhead efforts to make infection control for TB a priority for all healthcare staff. As a national demonstration site, this hospital will be used to influence infection control practices in 17 district-level TB hospitals in Tajikistan, as well as others through the Central Asia Region. The Macheton TB Hospital was because of the strong existing commitment among its staff to promote infection control.

This activity is being led by TB CARE II partner Project Hope and was recently featured in the STOP TB Partnership newsletter. Click here for more information