The Philippines bears the ninth-largest burden of tuberculosis in the world, with more than 28,000 deaths each year, which affects the economy and family livelihoods. There are gaps, issues, and challenges in the implementation of national tuberculosis policies, low utilization of DOTS (Directly Observed Therapy Short-course) services, availability and sustainability of anti- tuberculosis drugs and lack of access to quality DOTS by resource-poor areas.
The Linking Initiatives and Networking to Control Tuberculosis project was formulated to address these challenges by improving
- Policy, financing and regulatory environment for DOTS implementation
- Systems capacity for quality DOTS implementation
- Use of DOTS facilities/services and behavior and attitude for tuberculosis control and treatment
- Private sector participation in tuberculosis control
Chemonics, as a subcontractor to the Philippine Business for Social Progress, provides technical leadership in policy and finance in addition to technical support to the drug supply issues, the workplace initiative, and private sector engagement of the project. Chemonics also builds capacity for the Philippine Business for Social Progress in cooperative agreement administration, procurement, subcontracts, grants management, communications, and reporting.
- 200 workplace clinics throughout the Philippines are now DOTS referring clinics
- 149,018 households reached with tuberculosis education
- 6, 979 tuberculosis symptomatics have been identified and referred to DOTS facilities
- Created a model for barangay, or village-level, tuberculosis management councils to mobilize and assist local governments with implementation of municipal and provincial tuberculosis programs
- 165 pharmacies trained on the Pharmacy DOTS Initiative
- 40 private hospitals engaged in DOTS either as DOTS providers or referring facilities
- 55 private tuberculosis microscopy laboratories engaged
- 969 private physicians oriented in International Standards of Tuberculosis Care
Project Duration: 2006 -2012