USAID launches TB control programme
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Thursday launched a new tuberculosis control programme focused on five major cities of Afghanistan.
“The infectious disease kills approximately 13,000 Afghans every year,” the USAID said in a statement. It said people living in crowded urban areas were particularly vulnerable to the disease.
The agency said it would work with Afghan doctors and health workers in public and private sector hospitals and clinics through the “Challenge TB project” to improve early detection of the disease and its screening as well as expanding treatment services.
The USAID said the $15 million programme had been launched in partnership with the Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).
Focused on Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif, Kandahar City, Herat City and Jalalabad, rural communities in 13 provinces would also benefit from the programme that would improve TB control services for over 50 percent of Afghanistan’s populations.
Part of USAID’s investment in health services for Afghans, the five-year programme would assist the MoPH in controlling the disease in Afghanistan, the USAID statement said.
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