Turning the Tide in the Fight Against TB in Vietnam
By Patrick Tiffany | Communications Manager
TB screening in Quang Nam
As we step into a world that is placing the pandemic behind it, it is time to redirect our attention to other pressing health challenges that have been overshadowed during the crisis. The delayed diagnosis and treatment that occured during the pandemic period continues to have a negative impact on TB transmission and incidence in Vietnam.
We are focusing our efforts on our central mission for 2023, improving access to TB services, especially in vulnerable and remote communities. We remain steadfast in our commitment to detect TB infection before transmission occurs and ensure that effective and timely treatment regimens are offered to those who need it most. By raising awareness and destigmatizing TB we are hopeful to encourage more people to undergo voluntary screening.
Your generosity allows us to bring ultra-portable diagnostic equipment into these communities and break down healthcare access barriers. Along with our partners and sponsors, we are doing everything possible to reclaim the lost progress that was stolen away by COVID-19.
While we have made remarkable strides, the journey is far from over. Your continued support is crucial in allowing us to overcome logistical hurdles and scale these efforts to reach as many people as possible.
As the World Health Organization has officially declared the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now beginning to fully grasp the devastating impact it had on TB care across Vietnam. It is clear that we urgently need to accelerate our efforts to find people with TB and provide them with treatment to regain lost progress.
In 2023, our priority at FIT remains improving access to TB services. We aim to reach as many people as possible to create better health outcomes for all. We are working hard to extend our screening services into vulnerable communities using ultra-portable diagnostic equipment. We detect and treat latent TB infection before transmission can occur, along with ensuring that free-of-charge, quality medication makes it into the hands of those who need it most.
Together with the National TB Program and our NGO partners, we are dedicated to turning the tide in the fight against TB. Thank you for your continued support as we strive to improve post-pandemic service delivery and help all affected individuals in Vietnam.
The 2022 Global TB Report was recently published (see link). Viet Nam was mentioned quite a bit in this report, but sadly because the country's TB treatment coverage rate dropped to just 46% in 2021. Viet Nam was among the 10 countries with the highest number of missed people with TB.
FIT is continuing to partner with the National TB Program, other researchers and NGO partners to contribute to an improvement in TB treatment coverage in 2023. We are doing this through mass mobilization of vulnerable populations for X-ray screening and PCR testing for TB. We detect and treat latent TB infection, to "turn off the tap" for active infections. We also suport all people detected with TB to access affordable, highest quality medications.
Thank you for your continued support as we fight both TB and COVID-19 in Viet Nam.
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