Challenge TB | Lead Partner: KNCV | Regional Director: Svetlana Pak
KNCV has been working in Uzbekistan since 2005. As part of the current KNCV led, USAID funded Challenge TB project (CTB), KNCV provides international technical assistance to the National TB Program in Uzbekistan. We collaborate with representatives from the WHO country office, the leading CTB partners in Uzbekistan, on improving access to high-quality patient-centered TB care and drug resistant-TB and TB/HIV services.
KNCV helped the country to implement the shorter regimen and the new drugs for DR-TB treatment including diagnosis and bacterial confirmation of drug resistance, treatment regimen design, monitoring of treatment efficacy and safely, and programmatic evaluation.
To ensure enhanced treatment outcomes, and reduce mortality amongst MDR-TB patients, the Challenge TB partners in Uzbekistan, WHO ad KNCV advocated to introduce new drugs and shorter drug regimens for the treatment of MDR-TB and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB)
In 2017, KNCV supported the development and finalization of national clinical protocols on the use of new drugs and shorter regimen together with standard operation procedures (SOPs) and aligned with the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP). CTB partners worked intensively with national and international stakeholders to peed up the required approval process so that patients could begin their treatment and subsequently rapidly scale-up the program to other regions in Uzbekistan.
The existing diagnostic algorithm was optimized to allow triaging of patients to be enrolled on new regimens for treatment of M/XDR-TB. The KNCV Patient Triage concept is designed to determine the best treatment for patients based on their specific needs and anticipated outcome of care.
We also started the implementation phase with the adaption of the interim database (the monitoring tool, based in MS Access) to country specifics. By the end of 2017, the developed database was tested. NTP staff and TB clinicians from CTB pilots were trained its clinical monitoring, PC/aDSM recording and reporting forms and on use of the interim database.
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