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Global tuberculosis control : surveillance, planning, financing. WHO Report 2004

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
2004

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This is the 8th WHO annual report on global TB control. Provides a comprehensive overview of national TB control programmes and an analysis of plans and expenditures. It also details progress and the state of implementation of the internationally recommended control strategy for TB (DOTS). Total estimated costs for high-burden countries amounted to approximately US$ 1 billion, with an overall funding gap of US$ 41 million in 2003. However, the case detection rate is expected to be about 50% by 2005, a clear improvement on 2002 rates

Tuberculosis (TB) and DOTs

SOURCE INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION SUPPORT CENTRE
2003

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This list of resources about Tuberculosis (TB) and DOTS is a summary of the most up-to-date resources available from the Source databases. The resources listed here concentrate on Directly Observed Therapy - short course (DOTS) and will be of particular use to health workers and managers at district level

Treating TB and HIV

OXLADE, Lisa
SPENCER, Lyhanna
Eds
2003

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This newsletter focuses on the challenges and treatment of tuberculosis in people who are also living with HIV

Effectiveness of two gender sensitisation strategies in RNTCP : a comparative study in Orissa

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH MANAGEMENT RESEARCH
2002

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This paper describes a research project which aimed to assess the relative effectiveness of two gender sensitisation strategies for health providers involved in the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP). The report analyses the two approaches in terms of their delivery of treatment and in terms of cost effectiveness. Its conclusions include: the need to emphasise poverty issues alongside gender issues and a suggestion to use mass media as well as targetted training. The report also calls for more longitudinal research

DOT or not? Implementation of directly observed treatment in six RNTCP districts of Orissa

ASIAN INFORMATION MARKETING ANS SOCIAL RESEARCH
2002

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This is a report of a research project which aimed to determine the extent to which medicine intake was supervised; the effects of unsupervised treatment; the relationship between patients and DOT providers and how it affects treatment; the gender differences in receiving DOT; the views of patients and DOT providers on the need for DOT; and the characteristics of a good DOT provider and good patient. Information was gathered through interviews, focus groups and a survey

Low utilisation of TB services by women : study in six districts of Orissa

NEW CONCEPT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
2002

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This is a report of research to identify reasons for low utilisation of Tuberculosis (TB) services by women. More specifically the objectives were to identify gender differences in perception and responses to symptoms of TB and gender differences in care-seeking patterns. It describes these patterns, and identifies barriers to care-seeking. It also recommends strategies for addressing the differences and the barriers identified

The application of GIS technology to equitably distribute fieldworker workload in a large, rural South African health survey

TANSER, F C
2002

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An accessibility model within a geographical information system (GIS) is used to predict average inter-homestead walking times and subdivide the study area into units of equal completion time. The method could be used to ergonomically design home-based care and tuberculosis directly observed treatment programmes and inform the siting of health facilities. The paper highlights the use of GIS technology as a powerful tool in developing countries

Global plan to stop TB. Phase 1 : 2001 to 2005

STOP TB PARTNERSHIP
2002

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This resource outlines the Stop TB Partnership's first phase of a global plan to stop TB. It looks at number of aspects relating to TB and TB control, including: the challenges around global TB control; the power and potential of DOTS; the connection between TB and HIV/AIDS, and complementarities of potential responses; the growing threat of multidrug-resistant TB; the need to invest in the future; the global partnership to stop TB; Stop TB plans and how to support the global plan to stop TB

Tuberculosis : frequently asked questions

HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE - INDIA
2001

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This booklet written in Hindi provides information about TB, how TB is spread, diagnosed and treated. Questions related to Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI), BCG vaccination and TB in HIV positive persons are also discussed. It also covers the WHO approved methodology of TB control, DOTS and what role TB patients can play in control of the disease. The Health and Development Initiative-India feels that this booklet will be of use to TB treatment supervisors, community and public health nurses working in TB control, health educators and TB programme managers in developed countries with sizeable Indian populations such as USA, Canada and Europe

5050 : 50 years : historical review. 50 months : countdown to a TB-free future

MACH, Adrea
2001

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This document presents a comprehensive historical review of TB control, focusing in particular on the progress since Amsterdam, on global initiatives and international funding, and success stories. It also looks at the challenges for the near future, arguing for an expansion of DOTS coverage, better education, effective public-private partnership and greater involvement of NGOs and calling for a scaling up of realistic programmes designed to control, rather than eliminate as yet, the disease. This publication will be useful to programme managers, NGOs and policy makers working in the area of TB control. Including a range of case studies and success stories, it shows what works best and what priorities should be set in the short and medium term

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