The Provincial Tuberculosis Control Program is a part of the National Tuberculosis Control Program that implements goals and objectives pertaining to Tuberculosis control at provincial level following the DOTS strategies, logistic support and guidelines provided by National Tuberculosis Program in provinces.
At provincial level in Gilgit-Baltistan (the Northern Areas), the Tuberculosis control activities were started in 1995 on a very limited level in the hospitals of two districts Gilgit and Skardu, soon after the health department Gilgit-Baltistan started to receive the funding through the project called Northern Areas Health Development Project (NHDP). The program was formally launched in Gilgit-Baltistan in 2002 with the financial and logistic support from National Tuberculosis Program Pakistan. The Provincial Tuberculosis Program Gilgit-Baltistan received a grant of 0.5 million Euro from KfW Germany in 2009 as a support to continue the TB activities for the period of three years. A PC-I amounting Rs.3.03 million has been approved for the period of three years i.e. 2013-2015 under National Tuberculosis Control Program Pakistan through Federal Public Sector Development Project (PSDP) grant. Currently, the Provincial Tuberculosis Program has been carrying out its activities under the funding being received through PSDP and support of federal National Tuberculosis Program, Islamabad. Fore more details please click here
The vision of Provincial TB Control Program GB is a TB free Gilgit-Baltistan.
The mission of Provincial TB Control Program GB is universal access to quality diagnosis and treatment of Tuberculosis for the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.
The goal of Provincial TB Control Program GB is to reduce 50% of TB prevalence by 2025 in comparison with the prevalence of TB in 2012.
The objectives of the Provincial TB Control Program GB are:
- Expand access to FREE quality diagnosis & treatment for TB patients.
- Reduce human suffering & socioeconomic burden associated with TB.
- Protect vulnerable populations from TB, TB/HIV and MDR-TB.
- Increasing the cure rate of diagnosed sputum positive cases to at least 85%.
- To follow DOTs strategy for all TB patients
- To increase awareness level in the community by controlling measures.
- To fight against Tuberculosis in Gilgit-Baltistan and to reduce mortality, morbidity and spread of TB infection. National TB Control Program is integrated with Primary Health Care (PHC) system implemented by the district health authorities with the support of Provincial TB Control Programs (PTPs).
- With the endorsement and implementation of “Stop TB Strategy” in 2006, the provincial TB Control Program Gilgit-Baltistan strive to improve its performance and public health impact of TB Control interventions in Gilgit-Baltistan while mitigating the risks of drug resistance.
The Program has devised following strategies to accomplish the targets set to reduce tuberculosis:
- Strengthen and Expand One National and Provincial research Core Groups
- Developed Partnerships with Pakistan Medical Research Council, AKHSP, Public Health Institute
- Develop linkages with International academic and Research Institutions
- Conduct capacity building workshop
- Complete and publish twenty studies
- Complete three on-going Research Projects
- Conduct the upcoming Tuberculosis Disease Prevalence Survey