Virgil Belen

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BACKGROUND Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is an important global health problem, and a control strategy known as DOTS-Plus has existed since 1999. However, evidence regarding the feasibility, effectiveness, cost, and cost-effectiveness of DOTS-Plus is still limited. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS We evaluated the feasibility, effectiveness,(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)
SETTING The Philippines, a high burden country for tuberculosis (TB). STUDY DESIGN Health Operational Study. OBJECTIVE To describe preliminary data from the Makati Medical Center (MMC)-DOTS Plus pilot project. METHODS Patients were consecutively enrolled after confirmation of MDR-TB status. Individualized treatment regimens were based on drug(More)
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