Using CLA towards an Innovative Approach Preventing Diagnostic Delay for TB Patients

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Vrinda Manocha
Date Published:
August 1, 2019
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The South Indian city of Bengaluru is home to over 22,000 people with tuberculosis (TB), a highly infectious disease that disproportionately affects vulnerable populations. Quick diagnosis and early initiation of treatment are imperative to prevent TB from spreading, but delays are common in a system that relies on patients to get themselves tested, and has an inadequate mechanism to transport sputum and tissue samples to higher-level laboratories for  confirmatory testing.

To address this growing gap between the number of people referred for testing and the number actually getting tested, KHPT developed a Specimen Collection and Transportation (SCT) system under a USAID-funded project, the Tuberculosis Health Action Learning Initiative (THALI). KHPT established a successful system which would accommodate the requirements of the community, public  facilities and private providers, KHPT incorporated several components of USAID's CLA Framework.

Note: This year's case competition entry form included a new question about whether or not the highlighted CLA approach(es) contribute to a country’s Journey to Self-Reliance.The response to this question was not scored as part of the judging process.

Filed Under: CLA Case 2019, Asia, India