Thailand/Asia Regional Office

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Strategic Focus

 

HIV

In 2003, CDC began providing technical assistance (TA) to nearby countries by working with host country staff to successfully adapt Thai program models to other country national HIV programs. Through TA and cooperative agreements with the World Health Organization (WHO), CDC’s Asia Regional Office (ARO) helps to build host-country capacity for sustainable, country-owned programs with targeted assistance in surveillance, laboratory capacity, HIV counseling and testing, adult and pediatric HIV care and treatment quality improvement, and monitoring and evaluation of prevention of mother-to-child transmission programs.

 

Providing TA Globally
ARO provides consultation and interactive training’s on site, at regional meetings, and through site visits. Current support focuses on the development and scale-up of country-led models in high-priority areas such as prevention among most-at-risk populations, health systems strengthening, and workforce capacity development.

 

Strengthening Surveillance and Health Information Systems
CDC builds in-country capacity to design, implement, and evaluate HIV/AIDS-related surveillance systems and improves broader national health information systems to collect, store, analyze, and use high-quality data essential to HIV prevention and care and treatment programs.

 

TB

To improve surveillance and control of TB, multidrug-resistant TB (MDR TB), and TB in persons living with HIV (PLHIV) across the region, CDC works with the Thailand National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) and other partners and has a Regional TB Technical Advisor (Medical Officer) stationed in Bangkok. Operational research focuses on answering practical questions about how to improve screening, diagnosis, and treatment of MDR TB and TB/HIV in high-burden settings.

 

TB Infection Control in Health Care Facilities

CDC is conducting a clinical trial in 22 hospitals in Thailand and Vietnam to evaluate the effectiveness of an innovative package of infection control interventions. By measuring the prevalence of latent TB infection in hospital staff, CDC will be able to determine if the infection control package impacts the occupational risk of hospital staff for TB infection. This study will also determine impact if the intervention package on the adherence to recommended TB infection control practices.  

 

TB Screening for People Living with HIV (PLHIV)

CDC is working with Thailand Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) partners to implement a newly recommended TB screening algorithm in selected demonstration sites. The sites will follow the new algorithm for one year and also implement isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) for eligible patients. The performance of the algorithm in a routine program setting will be evaluated, along with its feasibility, and acceptability to clinicians in routine clinical practice.

 

Key Activities and Accomplishments

 

Success Stories

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More Information

More information about TB in Thailand is available online at WHO’s TB Country Profiles.
More information about CDC’s global health work in Thailand is available online at CDC in Thailand.