TB remains a major public health problem in Bangladesh. The country ranks sixth among 22 highest burden TB countries in the world. It is estimated that about 70,000 people die every year due to TB. In 2009, 160,735 TB cases were notified to Nation Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP). Case notification rate of all forms of TB is low at 47%. Although there is no estimate on the prevalence of childhood TB, it is believed that childhood TB is severely under-diagnosed. MDR TB is an emerging threat in Bangladesh. According to WHO estimates, MDR-TB rate among all newly diagnosed cases is estimated at 2.2%, and among previously treated cases at 15%.
The TB CARE II Bangladesh project is a field support activity funded through the USAID TB CARE II Project, which is a five year cooperative agreement awarded to the URC led consortium in September, 2010. The project, drawing on the Global Fund and the Government of Bangladesh expert resources, facilitates implementation of strategies to strengthen and expand TB DOTS, Programmatic Management of Drug Resistant TB (PMDT) programs, and health systems.
In the past 2 years the TB CARE II Project made significant achievements in fighting against TB in Bangladesh. Key achievements include: improved access to quality TB and MDR-TB Services, Laboratory Quality Assurance, Development of cPMDT Standard Operating Procedures, strengthening of social support services for MDR TB patients and strengthened support systems for the effective delivery of TB services at all levels.
The following is the list of scholars from Tuberculosis Laboratory who contributed and/or serves as editors for one or more OMICS International journals and conferences
The following is the list of proceedings by scholars from Tuberculosis Laboratory that are published in OMICS International journals and conferences.