Project Objective & Brief Description:
The Project is financed by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The main goal of the project is to reduce prevalence of tuberculosis in Belarus by means of scaling up measures to combat MDR-TB as well as reduce TB incidence rate and associated mortality rates.
The objectives of the project are:
Objective 1. Provide access to the quality diagnosis of tuberculosis: Train the professionals of the tuberculosis service and the staff of the laboratory service on the contemporary methods of diagnosing and treating all forms of tuberculosis, including MDR-TB and XDR-TB; provide material and technical support to laboratories so as to improve the diagnostics of tuberculosis; provide treatment to tuberculosis patients; ensure infection control measures at anti-tuberculosis institutions.
Objective 2. Create enabling conditions at the national and local levels for improving the quality of response to MDR-TB: Improve the regulatory and legal framework, revise the current standards of treatment and care with a view to put into practice regular testing for drug resistance in all TB cases, strengthen the system of monitoring and evaluation of DR-TB treatment within the framework of the project, continue the development of the electronic register “Tuberculosis” by means of designing and incorporating into it the sections “MDR-TB Patient Registration” and “Pharmaceuticals Management”
Objective 3. Provide access to the treatment of drug resistant forms of tuberculosis, including at the facilities of the penal system: Provide treatment to TB patients and scale up infection control measures at the anti-tuberculosis institutions of the penal system, equipment and consumables will be procured for the bacteriological laboratory of the NTBH at CF-12, which will allow using methods of rapid testing for tuberculosis, and so will be personal protective equipment – face masks and infection control means.
Health workers and professionals from the laboratory service of the penal system will receive training both at the local and international levels in the area of tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment, including MDR-TB, and infection control.
Objective 4. Conduct empirical research on MDR-TB: It is planned to conduct empirical research that will allow collecting new data and information for subsequent decision-making in the field of MDR-TB diagnosis, prevention and treatment, and that will be conducive to the higher efficiency of NTP activities. Following the results of the research, recommendations will be developed and an action plan for mitigating risk factors will be drafted. The research will be conducted by the national agencies selected on a competitive basis.