Tuberculosis (TB)

Key bottlenecks in M/XDR-TB control and patient care

Addressing the gaps in TB control

Significant gaps remain in basic TB control. Three of the key ones are outlined in this paper. Too often hospitals are a barrier to patients in accessing proper care for TB; a wide array of providers exists, in both private and public sectors, and many give substandard care, while the potential to enlist patients and communities in the provision of proper care is ignored. Mechanisms are laid out to harness the potential of patients and communities, as well as identify all care providers and link hospitals and providers of care of all kinds with NTPs.