TB Cero Carabayllo
& "Zero TB" en Lima
Local partners leading an effort to implement a comprehensive approach against TB in Carabayllo and across Lima
On June 23, 2015, authorities representing key municipalities, the Ministry of Health (MINSA) of Peru, Harvard Medical School and Socios En Salud (SES) gathered in Lima to hear municipal authorities and SES announce their participation in TB CERO, under the rubric of the Zero TB Cities Project. AA&D Executive Director and Zero TB Cities Project facilitator Tom Nicholson spoke alongside Ministry of Health representatives and others, lending context to the effort to accelerate the fight against TB in key municipalities across Lima.
As an initial target among several, SES and the municipal authorities in Carabayllo have committed to:
eliminate deaths among TB patients in the area
eliminate defaults from TB treatment in the area
Results have been encouraging. Today, in the effort to grow a comprehensive program against TB, two programs have been rolled out in Lima specifically for this work, with Support from Harvard Medical School, the Stop TB Partnership, Qiagen Diagnostics (who have donated test kits), and AA&D.
One is HALT-TB, which emphasizes accompaniment, active case finding and prevention for the population of Carabayllo, and the other is TB MOVIL, which employs multiple X-ray vans and screening teams to hotspots around the city (beyond only Carabayllo) to detect TB earlier, share critical information with the public about TB, and save lives.
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