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This article assesses whether social franchising of tuberculosis (TB) services in Myanmar has succeeded in providing quality treatment while ensuring equity in access and financial protection for poor patients. Newly diagnosed TB patients receiving treatment from private general practitioners (GPs) belonging to the franchise were identified. They were(More)
This information is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of TB CAP and do not necessarily refl ect the views of USAID or the United States Government. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The writing committee would like to thank the members of the(More)
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) jointly developed European Union Standards for Tuberculosis Care (ESTC) aimed at providing European Union (EU)-tailored standards for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis (TB). The International Standards for TB Care (ISTC) were(More)
PURPOSE To provide an overview of the tuberculosis (TB) and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the WHO European Region and evolution of public health response with focus on extra-pulmonary tuberculosis and Pott's disease. METHODS Authors reviewed regional strategic documents related to TB. The epidemiologic data were reviewed and analyzed. (More)
Drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) has increased at an alarming rate in the WHO European Region. Of the 27 countries worldwide with a high burden of multidrug resistant-TB (MDR-TB), 15 are in the European Region. An estimated 78,000 new cases of MDR-TB occur annually in the Region, of which approximately 10% are extensively drug-resistant (XDR)-TB. In(More)
Integrated care has moved from the small niche it traditionally occupied in academia, accessible only to experts in the field and applied merely on a project specific or pilot effort basis, now to the radar of politicians and health system planners the world over. More than a buzzword for the 21st century, coordi-nated/integrated health services delivery is(More)
BACKGROUND To assess progress in improving affordability of medicines since the introduction of mandatory health insurance in the Republic of Moldova. METHOD Using data from national health insurance, we estimate affordability of partially reimbursed medicines for the treatment of non-communicable diseases, and analyse which factors contributed to changes(More)