Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) granted the Cooperative Agreement to Tropical Disease Foundation (TDF) in September 2004. The main goal of the cooperative agreement is to improve the effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) in the Philippines, with the aim of attaining the targets set by the National TB Program (NTP) of a 50% reduction in TB mortality and morbidity by the year 2010 and providing support in the evidence-based policy development for MDR TB at the NTP.
The following is a list of specific activities at TDF that were or currently are being supported thru the CDC Cooperative Agreement:
- Development of a sustainable Center of Excellence for Programmatic MDR TB Management (PMTM)
- Capacity building for reducing transmission of TB and MDR TB
- Enhancing the data management system for PMTM including regular DOTS to strengthen the TB program component of the Global Fund (GF) project for the Philippines.
- Customization and installation of an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system (adapted from EMR by Partners in Health for the MDR TB community-based treatment program in Peru) at the TDF PMTM Clinic
- Adaptation of the Electronic TB Registry (ETR) of the Botusa project for recording and reporting of TB cases by the NTP
- Training of data management staff on the use of the latest version of Epi Info
- Participation in Preserving Effective Tuberculosis Treatment StudyÂ (PETTS)