The MDRTB Program of the Lung Center of the Philippines started in 1995 to systematically address the situation. The objectives of the program are:
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 of the
The support group is composed of MDRTB patients
from all walks of life, undergoing treatment with second line drugs.
It is based at the
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
● 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
The Support Group:
● Conducts monthly general meetings/socializations
● Organizes group discussions at least twice a month
● Plans income generating projects for livelihood purposes
Income generating projects are initiated by volunteers who
work to earn some money for their basic needs while undergoing
● Volunteers support other less fortunate patients in working for a living.
Patient involvement in the empowerment of oneself and of others
in controlling TB, in collaboration with health care providers
Vivian S. Lofranco
Jovencio Roque Gonong