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The Impact of Funding on Childhood TB Case Detection in Pakistan

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Global Health Directorate, Indus Health Network, Karachi 75190, Pakistan
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Interactive Research and Development (IRD) Global, Singapore 189677, Singapore
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Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA 30329, USA
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Stop TB Partnership, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland
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Interactive Health Solutions, Karachi 75350, Pakistan
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The Indus Hospital, Karachi 75190, Pakistan
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Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2019, 4(4), 146; https://doi.org/10.3390/tropicalmed4040146
Received: 15 November 2019 / Revised: 4 December 2019 / Accepted: 13 December 2019 / Published: 15 December 2019
This study is a review of routine programmatically collected data to describe the 5-year trend in childhood case notification in Jamshoro district, Pakistan from January 2013 to June 2018 and review of financial data for the two active case finding projects implemented during this period. The average case notification in the district was 86 per quarter before the start of active case finding project in October 2014. The average case notification rose to 322 per quarter during the implementation period (October 2014 to March 2016) and plateaued at 245 per quarter during the post-implementation period (April 2016 to June 2018). In a specialized chest center located in the district, where active case finding was re-introduced during the post implementation period (October 2016), the average case notification was 218 per quarter in the implementation period and 172 per quarter in the post implementation period. In the rest of the district, the average case notification was 160 per quarter in the implementation period and 78 during the post implementation period. The cost per additional child with TB found ranged from USD 28 to USD 42 during the interventions. A continuous stream of resources is necessary to sustain high notifications of childhood TB. View Full-Text
Keywords: pediatric TB; verbal screening; contact tracing; resources pediatric TB; verbal screening; contact tracing; resources
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Malik, A.A.; Hussain, H.; Creswell, J.; Siddiqui, S.; F. Ahmed, J.; Madhani, F.; Habib, A.; Khan, A.J.; Amanullah, F. The Impact of Funding on Childhood TB Case Detection in Pakistan. Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2019, 4, 146.

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