Improving tuberculosis control in Ethiopia

By using community health workers in stead of health professionals such as nurses and doctors at institutions, Daniel Datiko at Centre for International Health has shown:

The community based approach (Community DOTS) identifies about 70% of expected tuberculosis cases, compared with only 30 % when patients have to travel to health centres and hospitals

About 90% of the tuberculosis patients were cured when they received treatment in their local communities, compared with 80% at institutions

The community based approach reduced the costs of treatment by 60%.

Most of patients treated by Community DOTS are women. This is a significant improvement from the institutional based tuberculosis control.

The community based DOTS is an approach that improves access to treatment.

These ideas are now being implemented in Ethiopia. As a start it will be carried out in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Regional State in Ethiopia.

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