USAID/SUSTAIN project provides technical and logistical assistance to 7 out of the 15 DR-TB treatment sites in the country. In addition, the project supports the Uganda Ministry of Health’s National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Programme to conduct quarterly Drug Resistant TB cohort reviews. These cohort reviews are a systematic process to monitor and evaluate interim status and final treatment outcomes of all patients with Multi Drug Resistant TB who are enrolled onto treatment programs. These reviews also serve as fora for validating reported data for consistency and accuracy.
In the month of May 2015, the USAID/SUSTAIN project facilitated 15 health workers form DR TB treatment sites at Gulu, Arua, Masaka, Fort Portal and Mubende regional referral hospitals to participate in the first cohort review exercise. At this meeting, results of 238 DR TB patients ever enrolled at the five regional referral hospitals were reviewed for outcomes and accuracy. In addition the health workers were able to jointly identify challenges and share best practices to improve service delivery. The opportunity was taken to share new guidance on MDR-TB management by the NTLP program.