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          The MDRTB Program of the Lung Center of the Philippines started in 1995 to systematically address the situation.  The objectives of the program are:

  1. To establish a registry of patients with proven MDRTB disease.

  2. To provide follow-up and treatment services for patients in the MDRTB registry.

  3. To develop a treatment protocol for newly diagnosed MDRTB.

  4. To spearhead, facilitate and coordinate researches in MDRTB.

  5. To establish a data bank on MDRTB.

Over the past 10 years of treating MDR-TB in the country, the treatment outcome was dismal wiht only less than 30 percent cured with a significant number of these patients having the disease again attesting to the enormity of the problem.  Unavailability of most of the second line drugs to treat MDRTB was the main weakness of the program.  By the year 2004, the Lung Center was considered as a partner of the Tropical Disease Foundation DOTS-Plus Center, a private organization headed by DR. Thelma Tupasi.  Funds from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have been supporting the DOTS-Plus pilot project ensuring steady supply of quality second line drugs for our MDR-TB patients.

          The MDRTB support group, inspired by the spirit of compassion, is committed to the act of empowering patients undergoing treatment for TB. It aims to help improve their well-being, and enable them to assist other TB patients and/or act as the case provider for the TB programs.

The Support Group

     The MDRTB support group of the Lung Center of the Philippines started in June 2005 in a tertiary government treatment center for Programmatic Multi-drug Resistant TB Management (PMTM).

     The support group is composed of MDRTB patients from all walks of life, undergoing treatment with second line drugs. 

     It is based at the LCP DOTS Center in the Public Health Domiciliary unit (PHDU) of the Lung Center of the Philippines , located in Quezon Avenue , Quezon City .

Objective

     To establish an organization of current MDRTB patients who will advocate the treatment compliance of multi-drug TB patients for a period at least 18 months to achieve complete health restoration. 

Roles and Responsibilities of Support Group Members:

         Act as counselors to newly-enrolled MDRTB patients in the DOTS clinic for treatment compliance          Assist the clinic staff in watching other patients taking anti-TB drugs, or act as the treatment partner of another patient
        
Assist in addressing the psychosocial problems among MDRTB patients
         Share experiences and serve as advocates during socialization
         Assist the staff of LCP-DOTS center in retrieving defaulters
         Refer or report patients who experience an adverse reaction or side effect from medications

Activities

The Support Group:

         Has a set of officers acting as  leaders for all patients enrolled at the DOTS clinic
         Conducts monthly general meetings/socializations
         Organizes group discussions at least twice a month
         Plans income generating projects for livelihood purposes

 Self-Help Support Group Project:

         Income generating projects are initiated by volunteers who work to earn some money for their basic needs while undergoing treatment.
        
Volunteers support other less fortunate patients in working for a living.

       Share Your Blessings. Help Sponsor an MDRTB Patient.

 

The Challenge:

          Patient involvement in the empowerment of oneself and of others in controlling TB, in collaboration with health care providers  

Advisers:

Dr. Vivian S. Lofranco                                    Dr. Jovencio Roque Gonong                 Dr. Lawrence Raymond
NTP Focal Person on MDRTB                         Consultant                                             Consultant

  






Patientís acting as treatment partner to other patients

Treatment place for MDRTB patients

Once a month spiritual care for MDRTB patients

Livelihood projects for sustainability purposes

Twice a month focus small group socialization