Rosalind Vianzon

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BACKGROUND An unprecedented number of nationwide tuberculosis (TB) prevalence surveys will be implemented between 2010 and 2015, to better estimate the burden of disease caused by TB and assess whether global targets for TB control set for 2015 are achieved. It is crucial that results are analysed using best-practice methods. OBJECTIVE To provide new(More)
BACKGROUND The Philippines ranks ninth among the 22 high-burden countries for tuberculosis (TB). OBJECTIVE To measure the burden of pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) in the Philippines and determine the impact of the DOTS strategy. MATERIALS AND METHODS The 2007 nationwide TB prevalence survey covered 50 clusters selected by multi-stage stratified random(More)
SETTING Hospitals in Bangkok, Cairo, Dhaka, Jakarta, Karachi, Kathmandu and Manila. OBJECTIVES To evaluate tuberculosis (TB) services provided in public and private hospitals in big cities. DESIGN A survey on TB services in hospitals was carried out in 2005 by visiting hospitals and face-to-face interviews. Selection criteria were determined for each(More)
SETTING The Philippines ranks eighth among 27 priority countries for multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). OBJECTIVE To describe a model of public-private partnership in MDR-TB management. METHODS An exploratory study of integrating MDR-TB management initiated in private-public mix DOTS into the National TB Programme (NTP). RESULTS Recognising that MDR-TB(More)
The Philippines is one of the highest tuberculosis (TB) burden countries in the world with nationwide coverage of directly observed treatment, short-course (DOTS) achieved in 2003. This study reports on the National TB Control Programme (NTP) surveillance data for the period 2003 to 2011. During this period, the number of TB symptomatics examined increased(More)
PROBLEM Typhoon Haiyan damaged or destroyed health infrastructure, equipment and services essential to the Philippine National Tuberculosis Programme (NTP), and it had to be re-established in the affected areas in Regions 6, 7 and 8. Continuing treatment and restoring diagnostic capacity were also challenging. CONTEXT The Philippines has one of the(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify the availability, types and quantity of anti-tuberculosis drugs in the public and private sectors from 2007 to 2011 in the Philippines. METHODS Analysis of the procurement of and sales data on anti-tuberculosis drugs from both the public and private sectors from 2007 to 2011. RESULTS Publicly procured anti-tuberculosis drugs were(More)
SETTING The Philippines Tuberculosis Diagnostic Committees (TBDCs) were created to improve the quality of diagnosis of sputum smear-negative chest radiography suggestive of pulmonary tuberculosis (sn-PTB). OBJECTIVE To determine current TBDC activities, obstacles and possible solutions for improvements in the quality of diagnosis of sn-PTB in Manila City(More)
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