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TBEC participates in National TB Control Programme Review in Georgia 7-14 November

TBEC participates in National TB Control Programme Review in Georgia 7-14 November

Safar Naimov had the opportunity to take part in the WHO Review of the National TB programme for TB control in Georgia, representing the TB Europe Coalition. As a former TB patient having undergone treatment in Tajikistan, Safar Naimov is well-placed to evaluate whether the needs of TB patients are being met in Georgia. His involvement in the NTP review marks an important step towards greater involvement of civil society and affected communities in such evaluative processes. This was an excellent opportunity to find out more about the activities being carried out in Georgia at the moment. Georgian civil society organisations benefit from a small grants programme thanks to URC which is currently running a USAID-funded TB Prevention Project. The aim of these grants is to support civil society involvement in projects, allowing them to improve the quality of TB treatment facilities. They are also responsible for advocating for greater availability of TB services as well as patient awareness regarding their entitlement to TB treatment. At present, a range of services are being provided through local NGOs including trainings, awareness raising activities, production of information materials, TB quality improvement tools, and operational assessment. It is interesting to note that civil More…

TBEC participates in WHO National TB Programme Review to Kyrgyzstan

TBEC participates in WHO National TB Programme Review to Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is among the 27 high burden multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) countries in the world and also among the WHO European Region 18 TB High Priority Countries. Upon request by the Minister of Health of Kyrgyzstan and as instructed by the Director of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the WHO Regional Office for Europe, TB and M/XDR-TB Programme including the WHO Country Office in collaboration with the National TB Control Programme (NTP) conducted a midterm programme review of TB prevention, control and care activities during the 30 June-5 July 2014 period. Nonna Turusbekova, a temporary adviser to WHO, who is also a member of TBEC steering committee, assessed the engagement of civil society in TB response. Since the previous Programme Review conducted in 2010, Kyrgyzstan has made a significant progress in following and addressing its main recommendations including areas such as MDR-TB, infection control and childhood TB. Political commitment shown by recent and updated national policy documents, such as Den Sooluk (State Health Program), stresses the importance of TB prevention and control in the country context. Diagnosis and treatment of TB and MDR-TB are according to WHO recommendations including restructuring of TB services with prioritizing ambulatory treatment and care. Uninterrupted More…

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