India contributes to more than a quarter of the tuberculosis (TB) burden globally. One in five persons notified with active TB comes from Uttar Pradesh (UP). Quality specimens are vital for the laboratory diagnosis of TB. Sputum is the most frequently collected specimen for TB testing. It is more feasible to move samples rather than people for TB testing. Thus, a system of sputum collection and transportation for TB testing to designated laboratories becomes crucial. This brief highlights the Volunteer Sample Transporter System that was piloted in two districts of UP, which have shown significant improvements in the number of samples transported.
Uttar Pradesh (UP) has witnessed an increasing trend in private sector contribution to Tuberculosis (TB) notifications. In March 2022 the TB STU started engaging with the government to strengthen the multi-sectoral sectoral engagement to improve the State’s TB Response. The brief highlights the key interventions adopted to accelerate TB Notifications from the private sector which helped in 80% achievement of the annualized target of private sector notification in 16 districts.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a preventable and treatable communicable disease. Yet, this is a leading cause of death. This brief highlights on how TB State Technical Support Unit (TB STSU) of IHAT intends to provide support the Government of Uttar Pradesh in TB prevention, detection and treatment outcomes.