SMRU's Tuberculosis (TB) program began in late 2009. We provide diagnosis and treatment services for TB, TB/HIV co-infection and multi-drug resistant TB (MDR TB) for displaced, migrant, cross border populations in Tak province located in Thailand, and Myanmar populations in the Myawaddy district on eastern Myanmar border. Moreover we formed the Tuberculosis Tak Border Initiative (TBBI) consortium in 2012 in order to strengthen the tackling against TB in the border area. The consortium is composed of SMRU, PU-AMI, IOM and Tak provincial public health office. Five Thai hospitals in Tak province; Maesod, Maerama, Phopphra, Tasongyang and Umphang are also our implementing partners for providing TB services to this specific population.
SMRU works in close collaboration with the Mae Tao Clinic for diagnosis and treatment of TB patients that attend OPD or IPD in MaeTao Clinic.
- On November 18th, 2015 SMRU signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Republic of Union of Myanmar to contribute to the national TB program of Myanmar in the Myawaddy township.
- Since 2013, SMRU has been able to provide GeneXpert analysis for biological samples from presumptive TB patients and extended activities on Active Case Detection for specific risk groups (contacts of TB patients, HIV patients, and health workers.)
- By the end of 2015, SMRU TB program had provided treatment services to 1002 TB cases, 211 TB/HIV coinfected cases and 62 MDR TB cases. Despite challenges, we have achieved reasonable outcomes over 80% for treatment success rate. However there remains much work to be continued in order to gain control over TB in this border area.
- In 2016, SMRU TB program is supported by UK Aid with grant from DFID and also receives Global Fund support for TB control program in Myanmar.