|Title:||Tuberculosis control in Pakistan: reviewing a decade of success and challenges|
|Abstract:||Pakistan has shown drastic expansion oftuberculosis [TBTcareduring the past 10 years, increasing case notifications from 11 050 in 2000 to 248115 in 2008. Over 1 million TB patients have been cared for since 2000, with a treatment success rate of 91% in 2007. This paper examines the strategic decisions and infrastructure improvements underlying this achievement, such as the implementation of universal DOTS coverage, expansion of the laboratory network, effective drug management systems, improved communication strategies, and inclusion of private practitioners, laboratories and hospitals in the TB control programme through the public-private mix strategy. The paper also outlines challenges faced in further expanding TB control within the private sector and parastatal health care institutions; strengthening the laboratory network for diagnosis of drug-resistant TB; and ensuring uninterrupted supply of quality anti-TB drugs, ail requiring continued and coordinated technical and donor support|
Public- Private Sector Partnerships
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