Contribution of Public-Private-Mix in Tuberculosis case finding in Afghanistan

Author(s): Azizullah Hamim, M Sayedi, Q Qader, Moinullah Zafari, L Manzoor, N Ahmadzada and K Rashid, P Suarez

Afghanistan National Tuberculosis Program (NTP), with support from Challenge TB (CTB) project, introduced Public- Private-Mix (PPM) and Urban DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment, Short Course) approach in Kabul in 2009 and expanded to other five cities of Kandahar, Herat, Jalalabad, Mazar-i-Sharif, Pulikhomri in September 2015 and three new cities Taloqan, Gardiz and Khost in January 2018. The PPM approach focused on strengthens coordination mechanisms and established partnerships between the NTP, public and private health sectors. The NTP assessed the implementation outcome to understand the impact of DOTS on case finding in public and private health facilities (HFs).