Challenges of the community-based approach
- Percentage of TB patients cured: 83.9%
- Percentage of MDR-TB in new TB cases: 4.0%
- Percentage of XDR-TB patients among all drug-resistant TB cases: 4.6%
Dr Maria Tarcela Gler looked out over the room of revellers – most of them her multidrug-resistant TB (MDR -TB ) patients. More than 80 were celebrating Christmas, playing games, singing and enjoying a holiday lunch. These were her “smear-negative” patients – no longer infectious after weeks or months of treatment.