National Tuberculosis Control Programme 2012- 2016

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Malawi Government
Tuberculosis continues to ravage our country health-wise and socio-economically. The highly productive age group is highly affected resulting to a reduction in their contribution to socio economic development of the country. This has been largely attributed to a high TB/HIV co infection. Tuberculosis is also compounded by the emergence of other complicated forms of TB such as Multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB), which are difficult and costly to cure thus posing a serious threat to TB control. Achieving effective TB Control requires concerted efforts at all levels. Hence, in 2007 the Ministry of Health declared TB an emergency in order to raise awareness and advocate for more action by all stakeholders as a way of containing the TB problem. One of the initiatives embarked on in 2007 is the Universal Access to TB diagnosis and care. This entails a shift from centralized institutional DOTS to more innovative ways of reaching out to the general population of Malawi by ensuring that everybody regardless of socio-economic status has access to TB diagnosis and care. This 5 year plan provides an outline of what the programme plans to implement from 2011-2016 in order to reduce the burden of TB in Malawi. At local level, the plan has been aligned with the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) and the Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSP) while at Global level, the plan is aligned with the WHO Stop TB Strategy. It is this plan that will guide Malawi towards achieving the TB related Millennium Development Goals.