PCI Mexico Concluding Groundbreaking Tuberculosis, Diabetes, and HIV Program
Tijuana, Mexico (PRWEB) July 23, 2012
PCI Mexico is concluding phase four of a seven-year program called The Solucion TB Co-Morbidities Program funded by USAID. The program is implemented by PCI in close collaboration with the National Tuberculosis (TB) Program and five Mexican jurisdictions including Tijuana, Reynosa, Zapopan, Cd. Juarez, and Guadalupe. The program analyzes the relationship between the three diseases, and the benefits of joint diagnosis and treatment. Its goal is to improve collaboration between the TB, diabetes and HIV/AIDS programs through national-level agreements, training, and person-centered models. Implementation began on October 1st 2010, ending on September 30th, 2012, and key results will be presented in late July at the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington DC.
The program aims to increase TB-HIV/AIDS and TB-diabetes prevention and control through improved integrated care by building the capacity of local health systems and staff to carry out joint, coordinated approaches. The program’s implementation strategy includes establishing baseline data; national-level planning for coordination and launch; recruitment of two coordinators in each of the five jurisdictions; and regional (state and local) training and capacity building. After implementation, the program developed joint co-morbidity plans with active participation of each state and jurisdiction, and provided key services such as information on early recognition of symptoms, detection/diagnosis through incremental screening, treatment and care.
"Our data shows how weakened immune systems leave individuals with one disease vulnerable to multiple diseases like TB, diabetes and HIV/AIDS. This program leverages health resources to improve patient treatment and success rates, “states Blanca Lomeli, Country Director for PCI Mexico.
The collaboration between Solucion TB co-morbidities program and the Ministry of Health has attained key results, including:
Trained a total of 1,785 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, lab technicians, social workers
Screened 14,226 persons affected by TB, HIV/AIDS or diabetes for indications of one of the other diseases, an average of 790 persons per month.
329 individuals were diagnosed with indications of another of the diseases. Of these, 155 correspond to new TB-HIV/AIDS co-infection cases.
The program helped elevate the priority of co-morbidity care at the Mexican Ministry of Health, and strengthened information systems and referrals between the two programs.
A total of 1,413 new TB-HIV/AIDS co-infection cases were reported in 2011 in the entire country, according to the National TB Program; compared to 652 in 2007 and 598 in 2003.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011, PCI (Project Concern International) is an international health, development and humanitarian assistance organization, operating in 16 countries worldwide. PCI is dedicated to saving lives and building healthy communities around the globe, benefitting over 6.7 million people annually in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Funded by federal grants and private support, PCI’s current annual budget is nearly $50 million and the organization has 600 employees worldwide. PCI’s headquarters are located in San Diego, CA and also has an office in Washington, DC and a Seattle, WA representative.