SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

Azerbaijan sees results from quality TB care

Azerbaijan implements quality TB care in prisons | Courtesy of worldatlas.com
Azerbaijan -- a country that borders Iran, Armenia, Russia and Georgia -- recently announced its positive results from implementing a tuberculosis (TB) program in its prisons in 1995.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the rate of TB infections in prisons is 10 times higher than the rates in the general population. This is often because prisons do not detect the illness early and do not treat the disease properly. Overcrowded prisons also increase risks of TB infections.

The program -- which is part of the WHO directly observed treatment, short-course approach -- outlines the measures needed to care for TB patients and control the illness within the nation’s prisons. The country adopted this program with the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the results have been positive.

Azerbaijan’s TB infection rate from 15 years ago, when seven of every 1,000 Azerbaijan citizens contracted TB, has dropped to one out of every 1,000.

The program emphasizes diagnosing TB earlier, supervising and supporting patients, monitoring and evaluating the program, supplying and managing efficient drugs for treatments, and providing standardized treatment. Since accepting the program, the country has received financing for its TB efforts and improved its relations with the greater national TB program and health services. 

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