Conference on FORCE TB project in Hai Duong: Agreeing on action and coordination Plan
Sept. 14, 2018
On the morning of May 11th, 2017, at the conference hall of Hai Duong Department of Health, SCDI collaborated with Department of Health in organizing the Workshop on FORCETB Project, in order to discuss and agree on the implementation plan and coordination mechanism between CBOs and the Health system of Hai Duong province, in tuberculosis (TB) prevention.
Attending the seminar was BS. Khuat Thi Hai Oanh, Director of the Center for Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI), and representatives from relevant local departments such as Department of Health, Centers for HIV/AIDS Control and Prevention, Hai Duong Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Hospital; Hai Duong and Kinh Mon District Hospital and Medical Center. In addition, the conference has the participation of Hai Duong Faith and Hai Ninh Groups, which are actively involved in encouraging people who inject drugs in Hai Duong and Kinh Mon district.
At the beginning of the seminar, Dr. Nguyen Huu Dung, head of Hai Duong Department of Health, has given urgent attention to TB control in Viet Nam, in general, as well as in Hai Duong province in particular. At the same time, he also strengthened the importance of coordination among stakeholders, with the ultimate goal to include all TB patients in the community, particularly people with high risk of infection, through Communication, approaching patients and adherence to treatment for patients in the community.
Dr. Nguyen Huu Dung introducing the workshop
The project targeted people who use drugs with high-risk of TB infection, people living with HIV and people having contact with the virus. These are also people who have difficulty accessing health services. The project is based on experience from the HIV/AIDS prevention project, the "sandwich" approach with three classes, representing community, outpatient clinic (OPC), and health facility. The OPC records a large clients portfolio as well as and communities of people with undiagnosed tuberculosis, who then will be referred to medical facilities in Hai Duong to screen, diagnose and treat TB.
At the workshop, stakeholder representatives discussed the implementation method and coordination arrangements in the future, the participants also outlined the realities as well as challenges that TB prevention is currently facing in Hai Duong, the issue revolves around community awareness of TB, access to counseling, screening, TB treatment and treatment adherence.
Dr. Khuat Thi Hai Oanh addresses issues that TB prevention is currently missing out
Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Dung presents the proposed implementation and coordination
The workshop emphasized the importance of the community system in tuberculosis prevention: Because the tuberculosis outbreak remains within the community and the patient, after the intensive phase, will also return to the community. The development of a community-based system for tuberculosis control will fill the void of the health system in detection, approaching patients and monitoring treatment adherence of patients in the community.
The FORCE TB project, "Strengthening and Expanding Multi Drug Resistance - Tuberculosis Control in Vietnam" in full, belonging to Vietnam National Tuberculosis Program (NTP), implemented by SCDI, funded by the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the main receiver of fund is National Lung Hospital. The project is currently piloting a "sandwich" approach, deployed by community, to actively detect case and adhere to treatment in high-risk and drug-resistant TB patients.
Translation: Vân Anh