CDC has worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), World Health Organization (WHO), Tropical Disease Foundation of the Philippines, Philippine Coalition Against Tuberculosis, and National TB Program to enhance case detection and management of TB and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR TB). CDC also provides assistance in outbreaks of TB disease.
Key Activities and Accomplishments
- In 2013, CDC joined with USAID to provide long-term, in-country technical support and guidance to the Ministry of Health to develop, expand, and improve programs to prevent, find, and cure MDR TB in the Philippines. CDC’s efforts have focused on developing shorter MDR TB treatment regimens, identifying models for decentralized care, and improving treatment adherence.
- CDC conducted four operational research courses to build the research capacity of TB, HIV, and malaria staff. Participants developed program-focused research protocols and completion of the analyses, application of the findings, and dissemination is ongoing.
- CDC has worked closely with the National Tuberculosis Research Laboratory (NTRL) and the National TB Program (NTP) to conduct ongoing TB laboratory assessments to ensure top-notch quality.
- In collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and local partners in nine countries, CDC spearheaded a large multi-year, multi-country study to determine the consequences of acquired resistance to second-line drugs. The study has informed international partners that support countries in the diagnosis and treatment of MDR TB.