SETTING: Six towns of Karachi, Pakistan. OBJECTIVES: 1) To strengthen the capacity of general practitioners (GPs) in providing tuberculosis (TB) treatment through DOTS; and 2) to enhance collaboration between the public and private sectors in TB management and case reporting. DESIGN: A quasi-experimental study design was adopted to ensure enrolment of TB patients through trained GPs with the support of laboratory networks and to improve the case detection rate. RESULTS: The following challenges were faced during implementation of the model in urban settings: no systematic list of GPs was available; the majority of the GPs were untrained health practitioners working in squatter settlements, where formally trained GPs are most needed; the motivation of GPs with high patient loads is very low; and access to a laboratory is difficult. Of 35 patients enrolled in the first quarter (third quarter 2009), 87% completed their treatment successfully. CONCLUSION: Public-private mix (PPM) DOTS is feasible in the cities of Pakistan. However, the cost, time and effort required to establish the programme is higher than in many other developing countries.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2012|