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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 69-71

Incorporating private health sector in tuberculosis control activities in India: An overview

Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Ammapettai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Saurabh R Shrivastava
3rd Floor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Ammapettai Village, Thiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Sembakkam, Kancheepuram - 603 108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/2347-9019.135379

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Tuberculosis (TB) has been acknowledged as the leading public health disease of an infectious nature. In the global vision to extend the gamut of services to the community, the primary strategy is to involve and engage all health care providers in the Revised National TB Control Program (RNTCP) to have an epidemiological impact on the magnitude of the disease. RNTCP has proposed ten different schemes for encouraging the involvement of NGOs and private providers namely Advocacy, communication, and social mobilization; Sputum collection center; Sputum pick-up and transport; Designated microscopy cum treatment centre; Laboratory technician; Culture and drug sensitivity testing; Treatment adherence; Slum scheme; Tuberculosis unit; and TB-HIV scheme, so that the services available under the program reach even those remote rural / tribal areas where there are no public sector health care establishments. To conclude, roping in all private sector health care providers / establishments in the program under the public-private partnerships schemes with active supervision by RNTCP program managers cannot only contribute optimally for the betterment of the program but also ensuring universal access to TB care.

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