Resource Logo
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update

INDONESIA: Indonesia, US Vow to Strengthen Partnership on Combating Tuberculosis




 

Xinhua General News Service, (05.14.2012) - Monday, May 14, 2012

The United States is working with Indonesia to fight TB, especially multidrug-resistant TB (MDR TB), according to local media in Jakarta. As part of its efforts, the United States has pledged it will send 17 GeneXpert machines to help Indonesia diagnose TB more rapidly.

The GeneXpert “offers a key advantage, as it is really fast,” Kerri-Ann Jones, a US Department of State official, was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying during a visit Monday. “You can have a diagnosis in only a couple of hours. Usually, it takes a couple of days or even longer. That is important because we don’t want patients to leave only to find out that they’re infected, infecting other people in the meantime because they didn’t get immediate treatment.”

During her visit to Jakarta, Jones toured the microbiology lab at the University of Indonesia’s School of Medicine, where one of the GeneXpert machines already has been installed. Four others also have been installed in hospitals and laboratories.

“We will install the remainder in several other hospitals and laboratories after we complete studies on how the equipment will work in a more effective and efficient way both in diagnosing TB and [MDR TB],” said Dyah Erti Mustikawati, the director of TB control with Indonesia’s Health Ministry.



 


Copyright © 2012 -CDC Prevention News Update, Publisher. All rights reserved to Information, Inc., Bethesda, MD. The CDC National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention provides the following information as a public service only. Providing synopses of key scientific articles and lay media reports on HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis does not constitute CDC endorsement. This daily update also includes information from CDC and other government agencies, such as background on Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) articles, fact sheets, press releases and announcements. Reproduction of this text is encouraged; however, copies may not be sold, and the CDC HIV/STD/TB Prevention News Update should be cited as the source of the information. Contact the sources of the articles abstracted below for full texts of the articles.



Information in this article was accurate in May 14, 2012. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.