Central Provincial Health Authority and World Vision Enhance TB Program Effectiveness in PNG

 In a collaborative effort to bolster the effectiveness of tuberculosis (TB) programs, the Central Provincial Health Authority TB officers recently convened at the World Vision National Office for a quarterly review meeting. The gathering included the Provincial Support Officer for the Tackling TB and HIV Together in PNG Project, Mr. Punia Tungi.

The primary objective of the meeting was to evaluate the performance of TB program activities over the last quarter, acknowledge the dedication of the TB officers, and explore strategies to meet the National Tuberculosis Program's target indicators. The focus was not only on collective efforts but also on individual contributions.

A significant part of the meeting involved enhancing the reporting systems for Basic Management Unit (BMU) staff. The aim was to ensure precise recording and reporting of TB data to achieve the desired targets. Sixteen BMU TB Officers attended the meeting, along with World Vision staff and the Central Provincial Health Authority team.

Key goals discussed during the meeting included improving the treatment success rate among all TB patients, including bacteriologically confirmed cases, increasing case notification rates, and reducing the number of loss to follow-up and not evaluated cases among TB patients.

This collaborative effort signifies a strong commitment to advancing TB program outcomes and ultimately improving public health in Central Province.

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