The magnitude of TB problem in the Philippines has kept the country among the 22 high-burden TB countries, ranking 9th. The National TB Prevalence Survey in 2007 showed that 2.1 percent of new TB cases and 13 percent of re-treatment cases are drug-resistant (DR) tuberculosis, of which 3.9 percent are multiple drug resistant (MDR).
Since the adoption Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS) strategy in all public facilities in 2002, the country has made significant progress in the battle against TB. The national indicators for TB case detection and cure rate show that the country is meeting the global targets; however, in cities and municipalities, TB program performance is inconsistent. And, while TB control continues to gain broader support and greater momentum, it needs to keep pace with the rate of infection.
The United States Agency for International Development’s Innovations and Multi-Sectoral Partnerships to Achieve Control of TB (IMPACT) Project (2012-2017) will engage both public and private sector at the national level and at the project sites to detect and successfully treat TB cases. Managed by the Philippine Business for Social Progress, the project will provide technical assistance to the National TB Program and will work directly with high TB prevalence and low-performing provinces and cities throughout the country, including the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
The IMPACT Project will complement the health programs of USAID/Philippines and other development partners. Program activities will be aligned with the principles of the United States Government (USG) Global Health Initiative (GHI), as well the Government of the Philippines’ Universal Health Care agenda (Kalusugan Pangkalahatan).
Component 1: Increase demand and use of quality TB control services for Basic and DR- TB DOTS services
Component 2: Scale-up delivery of quality DOTS services
Component 3: Ensure timely delivery of appropriate multiple and extensively drug- resistant (MDR/XDR) TB services
Component 4: Strengthen capacity of national, regional and local health offices in providing technical assistance to local TB program
Component 5: Improve adoption and compliance to guidelines
To reduce TB prevalence by 30 percent, achieve 85 percent case detection rate (CDR) for all forms of TB, and 90 percent cure rate (CR) for new smear positive cases in all participating sites by 2017 from 2010 baselines
- Strengthen demand for TB services through adoption of healthy behaviors within families
- Improve supply of TB services, including the availability and quality of public sector services and selective expansion of private sector providers
- Remove policy and systems barriers to support supply and demand for TB services
Dr. Yolanda E. Oliveros
Development Assistance Specialist
Office of Health
U.S. Agency for International Development
Annex 2 Building, U.S. Embassy
1201 Roxas Boulevard 1000
Andre Daniel Villanueva, MD
Chief of Party, IMPACT Project
PSDC Building, Real cor. Magallanes Sts.
Tel. No.: (632) 310-5658
Last updated: May 06, 2014