Uganda Lags Behind in Controlling HIV/TB Co-infections

by Medindia Content Team on  June 11, 2008 at 5:44 PM AIDS/HIV News   - G J E 4
 Uganda Lags Behind in Controlling HIV/TB Co-infections
Efforts to control the spread of HIV/TB coninfections in Uganda are lacking, according to joint research conducted by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and the country's Ministry of Health, the New Vision/ reports.

The research was conducted to determine the services available for HIV/TB services and care, how collaborative services have been implemented and human resource capacity. It was carried out in 26 districts and showed that 40% of lower-level health care facilities do not have a worker trained to address HIV/TB cases.

According to IUATLD delegate Anna Nakanwagi, a large number of health care facilities do not have HIV/TB diagnostic services, and most centers that provide treatment are run primarily by nongovernmental organizations or faith-based groups.

She added that TB screenings among HIV-positive people are low and that 27% to 37% of lower-level centers conduct such tests.

"Training in TB/HIV activities was generally poor, with only 20% medical officers, 42% clinical officers and 47% of the nurses trained," Nakanwagi said at the recent 2008 HIV/AIDS Implementers' Meeting in Kampala, Uganda.

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

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