IOM DOT workers monitor the MDR TB cases and transport them on a monthly basis to the NTP centers for follow up and laboratory tests to make sure the patients are completing their treatment course.
Regular TB cases are monitored at home for two months during which DOT workers provide food packages to the patients to strengthen their immune system as they take the drugs. After the two months, the patients are transported to the NTP centers for investigation and tests. If the patients show signs of improvement, they will continue the treatment course until they are fully cured, if not, the doctors at the NTP will decide if the patient requires another treatment course, or replacement of the drugs.
“Our aim is to eliminate TB by 95% in 2030, in line with WHO’s End-TB strategy. Since 2017, we have been running a comprehensive programme with IOM to fight TB with a focus on poor, and remote communities that have been affected by displacement and conflict; our treatment success rate across Iraq has been 93%,” Dr. Samer added.
“For the safety of the Iraqi population, TB needs to be curbed to prevent new infections. In cooperation with NTP, WHO and partners, we are trying to eliminate TB in Iraq” said Dr. Nedal Odeh, IOM Iraq Emergency Health Response Officer.