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An Expanded DOTS Framework for Effective Tuberculosis Control

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This report discusses the expanded strategic framework of the Directly Observed Therapy Short Course (DOTS) for control of TB. The report explains the reasons for expanding the DOTS framework and making it a comprehensive support strategy for all providers, patients, and people to tackle the problem of TB and defines the goals, targets, and guiding principles of the framework. The expanded framework reinforces the five essential elements of the DOTS strategy: (1) sustained political commitment, (2) access to quality-assured TB sputum microscopy, (3) standardized short-course chemotherapy to all cases of TB under proper case-management conditions including direct observation of treatment, (4) uninterrupted supply of quality-assured drugs, and (5) recording and reporting system enabling outcome assessment. The report also describes key operations that need to be established and sustained until TB is no longer a public health threat.
Author/Corporate Author
Disease
Year of Publication
2002
Format
Physical Description
20 p.: b&w; tables, refs.

Last Updated Date: 

1/6/14

Publication ID: 

31604