UNDP Seminar on Improved Reporting on TB diagnosis in Turkmenistan

Jun 6, 2016

Participants discuss new reporting standards on MDR-TB under GF grant.

Ashgabat, 2-3 June 2016: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held a seminar on reporting within the new Global Fund grant focused on multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). The new indicators and standards of the reporting come as part of the new agreement reached in Turkmenistan by the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), UNDP and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Accurate reporting is one of the most important components of control of the TB in the country. Proper registry of the TB patients allows fast and easy assignment of the treatment based on the type of the disease. Under the GF-funded project, UNDP has supported the National TB Programme of Turkmenistan to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation of the TB programme, its data collection and reporting system.

“We have been working with UNDP since 2010 and have significantly strengthened our diagnosis and treatment rates. Our specialists receive regular training to provide and expand services provided to the patients. There is a standard nationwide reporting that we use, but we always look for ways to improve it. Now, we are introducing more advanced indicators, several new data collection and reporting on MDR-TB,” explains Head of the TB laboratory of Mary TB hospital, Maya Yegendurdyeva.

The seminar was attended by TB and laboratory specialists from all regions of Turkmenistan. The new indicators of the reporting will allow quality reporting on the achievement of programmatic indicators and receive uninterrupted funding from the Global Fund. Moreover, improved data collection and reporting are necessary for the National TB Programme managers for decision-making and planning at local and national level.  

By 2016, there are 6 labs with rapid molecular detection of MDR-TB (Xpert technology) facilities. UNDP constructed or renovated each of them and provided high-tech equipment for testing, as well as training for the staff. In total 563 MDR-TB patients were enrolled in treatment in 2013-2015. The National TB Programme plans to scale up MDR-TB detection and treatment, aiming to enroll 550 patients in 2016 and 760 in 2017.

The new indicators in the reporting are introduced since July 2016.

Contact information

Rustam Alymov
UNDP/GF Project Manager

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