National Anti-TB Drugs and Laboratory Reagents and Supplies Quantification Bangladesh 2012-2016
(2012; 37 pages)

Omer, A. M., M. S. Giashuddin, and M. G. Kibria. 2012. National Anti-TB Drugs and Laboratory Reagents and Supplies Quantification Bangladesh 2012-2016. Submitted to the US Agency for International Development by the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program. Arlington, VA: Management Sciences for Health.

The National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP) adopted the World Health Organization’s (WHO) internationally recommended strategy for TB control—DOTS—in November 1993 during the Fourth Population and Health Plan (1992–98) to increase case detection rate and cure rate. In July 1998, the NTP was integrated into the Communicable Disease Control component of the Essential Services Package under the Health and Population Sector Program. In 2003, the program was renamed Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Programand NTP was recognized as one of its priority programs.

Resumen

Since 1965, tuberculosis (TB) services in Bangladesh, which are based in 44 TB clinics, 8 segregation hospitals, and 4 TB hospitals have been focused on curing patients. TB services were expanded to 124 upazila health complexes during the Second Health and Population Plan (1980-86), and were operationally integrated with leprosy during the Third Health and Population Plan (1986-91) under the Mycobacterial Disease Control Directorate of the Directorate-General of Health Services (DGHS).

The National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP) adopted the World Health Organization’s (WHO) internationally recommended strategy for TB control—DOTS—in November 1993 during the Fourth Population and Health Plan (1992–98) to increase case detection rate and cure rate. In July 1998, the NTP was integrated into the Communicable Disease Control component of the Essential Services Package under the Health and Population Sector Program. In 2003, the program was renamed Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Programand NTP was recognized as one of its priority programs.

In 2011, the Government of Bangladesh further revised its strategic approach and renamed as Health Population and Nutrition Sector Development Programme (HPNSDP) (July 2011-June 2016) prioritizing TB control under communicable diseases.

The overall vision of NTP is “Tuberculosis is no more a public health problem in Bangladesh.” To achieve the vision, the program has now adopted the new activities for universal access of quality diagnosis and treatment for all TB patients in the community. For TB commodities to be available at a sustainable level and meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, the demand of the commodities has to be quantified properly and resources have to be allocated. The NTP organized a quantification exercise in collaboration with SIAPS to develop a five-year (2012-2016) forecast of TB commodities with a two-year supply plan. This plan will provide evidence-based procurement decisions which will guide future procurement actions and ensure sustainable commodity availability for the program. The quantification exercise was undertaken with active participation of the relevant partners in the program. The exercise sets the stage for the establishment of a consistent mechanism for regular updates of the national forecast and supply plans for TB commodities to ensure TB commodity security at national level.

 
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