International non-governmental organisations’ provision of community-based tuberculosis care for hard-to-reach populations in Myanmar, 2013-2014

National tuberculosis (TB) programs engage with international non-governmental organisations (INGOs), especially to provide TB care in complex settings where community involvement might be required. In Myanmar, however, there is limited data on how such INGO community-based programs are organised and how effective they are. In this study, MSF describes four INGO strategies for providing community-based TB care to hard-to-reach populations in Myanmar, and assess their contribution to TB case detection. This is a descriptive study using program data from four INGOs and the National TB Program (NTP) in 2013–2014. The study concludes that community-based TB care supported by INGOs successfully achieved TB case detection in hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations. Strategies to ensure sustainability of the programs should be explored, including the need for longer-term commitment of INGOs.

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