tuoitrenews.vn (Vietnam) (11.02.2013)
Aids Weekly Plus
Tuoitrenews recently reported that Vietnam is 12th on the list of the World Health Organization’s 22 highest TB-burdened countries, announced Dr. Tang Chi Thuong, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Health Department. Each year, Vietnam records approximately 100,000 new TB cases and 17,000 TB deaths, making it the second cause of death for people with infectious disease, said Thuong at a conference last week to summarize the Public Private Mix (PPM) Project for TB and HIV Control in Vietnam.
PATH, a US nonprofit international organization whose vision is health equity, provides technical assistance to the USAID -funded PPM project. In Vietnam, PATH works to detect individuals with TB, get them treatment, and empower communities affected by TB. PATH warned that TB is the leading cause of death in people with AIDS.
The PPM project has helped to double the rate of TB detection in 21 participating Vietnamese provinces and cities, from 5.3 percent to 10.5 percent between 2009 to 2011, according to US Consul General Rena Bitter.
Vietnam also ranks 14th among 27 countries in having the largest number of people with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR TB), according to Dr. Dinh Ngoc Sy, director of the National Lung Hospital and chairman of the National Tuberculosis Prevention and Control Program. MDR TB can be more difficult to treat. A six-month antibiotic regimen can treat active TB.