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                            TB - Free Philippines

Long term goal (2035)

Reduce TB burden by decreasing TB mortality rate by 95% and TB incidence by 90%.

Medium term goals (2022):

Reduce TB burden by:
  • Decreasing the number of TB deaths by 50% from 14,000 to 7,000
  • Decreasing TB incidence rate by 25% from 322 / 100,000 to 243/ 100,000
Reduce catastrophic costs incurred by TB-affected households from ____ to zero. (baseline data will be available by Q2 2017 from the ongoing catastrophic study)

At least 90% of patients are satisfied with the services of the DOTS facilities.

Specific objectives by 2022

  1. Improve the utilization of TB care and prevention services by patients and communities.
  2. Reduce catastrophic cost of TB-affected households accessing DOTS facilities to zero.
  3. Ensure adequate and competent human resources for TB elimination efforts.
  4. Improve the use of TB data for effective TB elimination efforts.
  5. Guarantee that all TB diagnostic and DOTS facilities are complying with NTP standards and with adequate quality NTP products.
  6. Increase to at least 90% of DOTS facilities that are providing integrated patient centered TB care and prevention services
  7. Enhance the capacities of all LGUs to implement localized TB elimination plan in coordination with different sectors

What's New?

• ONLINE SURVEY for PMDT Healthstaff:

​The Philippines National Tuberculosis Program (NTP), with the support of TREAT TB, is conducting an assessment of the NTP’s Supervision, Monitoring and Evaluation system (SME system) – particularly as it relates to programmatic management of drug-resistant TB (PMDT). The goal of the assessment is to understand the strengths, weaknesses, and gaps of the SME system, so that the NTP can improve the impact of monitoring, evaluation and supervision activities.

This survey is being conducted as part of the NTP’s assessment, to understand the SME system and activities undertaken at your office/facility, as well as to solicit your feedback on how to improve the functioning of the system and the support provided to you by national and regional offices of the NTP.

Your responses will be confidential and we will not collect identifying information from you that will allow us to connect your answers to you. We will store all survey answers in a manner appropriate to protect your confidentiality.

Your survey responses will be used by the NTP only in connection with the SME assessment.

If you have any questions about the survey or the SME assessment, please contact Melvin B. Marzan at mmarzan@treattb.org.

Note: Technology, Research, Education, and Technical Assistance for Tuberculosis (TREAT TB) is a multiyear project funded by USAID that seeks to contribute to new knowledge through field evaluations of diagnostic tools, clinical trials of priority research questions, and targeted operational research benefiting global, regional, and country TB control efforts.

 Survey Link

•  DEADLINE EXTENDED: Request for Proposal to Study Quality of Tuberculosis Care in the Philippines.

Although significant progress has been made to eliminate TB as a public health burden, TB still remains one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality from an infectious disease. For instance, 1.8 million people die from TB in developing countries every year and approximately one quarter of HIV related deaths are due to TB. Despite the substantial progress made to achieve a world free of TB, WHO estimates that almost 3 million cases are missed each year – not diagnosed, treated or reported to National TB Programs. Additionally, the rapid emergence of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) has the potential of reversing the two decades of progress mitigating the impact of TB.

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•  DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Stop TB Partnership's 2017 Kochon Prize nominations for TB researchers and developers.

Write-up: The 2017 Kochon Prize recognize and pay tribute to the people and organizations who dare to push the scientific boundaries and reach for the targets set forth in the Global Plan to End TB and the End TB Strategy. The application period is now open and should be sent to the Stop TB Partnership no later than Monday, 18 December 2017 at 18:00 (Geneva time).

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End TB News

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Uploaded: December 7, 2017
• The WHO publishes a Compendium of all TB Guidelines and Associated Standards.

The Compendium has been developed as a clear and concise instrument to facilitate the understanding and planning of delivery of high-quality care for everybody affected by TB. It incorporates all recent policy guidance from WHO; follows the care pathway of persons with signs or symptoms of TB in seeking diagnosis, treatment and care; and includes key algorithms and cross-cutting elements that are essential to a patient-centred approach in the cascade of TB care. The Compendium is structured into 33 WHO standards. It consolidates all current WHO TB policy recommendations into a single resource, with electronic links to the individual, comprehensive WHO policy guidelines. This Compendium will be updated annually, including in its digital format, to allow incorporation of new evidence emerging from the rapidly evolving TB diagnostic and treatment landscape.

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• The WHO Recommends Three Approaches to Find the Missing TB Cases in the Philippines.

A team of officers from all three levels of the WHO (headquarters, regional office and country office) conducted a “screening-diagnosis” review mission along with key partner agencies on 02-06 October 2017. The mission recommended three approaches to find the missing cases: (1) ‘Screen all’ at all public health facilities and congregate settings, irrespective of their symptoms (2) ‘Screen high risk groups’ in communities and (3) ‘Link all’ who already have chest X-rays in private and corporate sectors to Xpert MTB/RIF, as required. For more details, please read the report by following the above-mentioned link.

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• Learning opportunity: Institut Pasteur launches an open online course on Tuberculosis.

This course will provide a knowledge base that goes from the basics of TB to the current state of knowledge on various aspects of tuberculosis: the clinical picture, epidemiology, paediatric TB, factors affecting susceptibility to the disease, including HIV, diabetes and human genetics, immunology, vaccines, diagnosis, current and future ways to detect drug resistance, and how to treat drug sensitive and multi-drug resistant strains. This online course is organized over six weeks. Each week is composed of 4 to 6 sequences. In each sequence, you will find a 10 minute video and two multiple choice questions (MCQ) to help students check their understanding. A weekly evaluation is performed using about 10 MCQs and, at the end of the course, a final evaluation is performed with 30 MCQs. Classes will start on Jan 29 2018 and end on Apr 02 2018. Estimated effort required: 02:30 hours per week.

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• Funding opportunity: Stop TB Partnership launches Challenge Facility for Civil Society Round 8.

Stop TB Partnership’s CFCS is a unique small grants mechanism that, since 2007, supports innovative community responses to fight tuberculosis (TB). The theme for this latest round of funding is “Communities for Impact”. The overall aim of CFSC Round 8 is to contribute to expanding access to quality TB prevention and care services to community- and hard-to-reach settings. The application period has started on 4 December 2017. Applications should be completed by Friday, 12 January 2018 (18:00 hrs Geneva time).

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Information Resources

NTP Manual of Procedures 5th Edition
NTP Referral Form (Form 7)

Related Links


Gallery News Clips

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Uploaded: April 2, 2017
• NTP Holds its 1st National Consultative Planning for 2017.

The National TB Control Program conducted its first National Consultative Planning (NCP) last February 7-10, 2017 at Bali Village Hotel Resort and Kubo Spa, Tagaytay City. This has been a back-to-back activity with the National AIDS/STI Prevention and Control Program (NASCP) in the conduct of its operational planning with the regional coordinators for HIV Strategic Plan 2018-2022.
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• PBSP Hosts the PMDT Data Quality Check and Plan Enhancement Workshop.

Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) takes the lead in organizing the five batches of the PMDT Data Quality Check and Plan Enhancement Workshop which ran from January 16 to February 2, 2017.
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• KNCV-HIVOS Project Kick-Off

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs Project entitled: “Making the Global Fund Money Work” was launched in the Philippines last January 12-13, 2017 at Pan Pacific Hotel, Malate Manila. This is a five year project synced with USAID Challenge TB (CTB) program and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
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Registered DS and DR TB Cases for the Year 2017


DOTS Facilities as of this Year


NTP Laboratories as of this Year