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Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in South Sudan. According WHO report (2013), the incidence of disease stands at 146/100,000 population and mortality of 30/100,000 population (Global Tuberculosis report 2013). NTLBP was established 2006 to monitor and evaluate the TB control situation in South Sudan, including assessment of sub-populations like TB/HIV co-infected persons, patients with Drug Resistant (DR) TB and childhood TB. The treatment success rate for smear positive pulmonary TB was 79% in 2017. There are 78 TB diagnostic and treatment centres which successfully treated 11 364 patients from 2017. A total of 593 and 594 are previous treated patients reported in the 2016 and 2017 TB global reports respectively. Already 41 MDR and 13 patients have been identified in 2015 and 2016 respectively with 12 on treatment now. Identification of the MDR patient was with the help of regional supranational laboratory. Two Gene expert machines are operational and testing is ongoing at the PHL.
The following TB activities were carried out in 2017

  • TB screening, diagnosis and treatment
  • HTS for diagnosed TB patients, including ART and CPT
  • Contact screening
  • Tracing of TB patients
  • Behavior change communication on TB and TB/HIV
  • Integration of TB services in existing PHCCs
  • TB/HIV review meetings
  • Surveillance of MDR-TB through culture and DST
  • Continuous quality improvement/assurance of TB laboratories through EQA
  • Capacity building of health staffs and other stakeholders through trainings and onsite mentoring
  • Capturing, compilation, analysis and submission of periodic TB and TB/HIV data/reports

Achievement 2017