According the World Health Organization In Somalia, tuberculosis (TB) is a serious public health problem, with 3300 cases detected in the first quarter of 2013, and is one of the most common communicable diseases in Somalia.
Since 1994, Mercy-USA has been undertaking a well-recognized TB treatment and prevention program in Somalia. This program now consists of six Mercy-USA specialized treatment centers with public education and community outreach. The program also includes training of nurses and other health care professionals in TB treatment and prevention.
Opened in 1994, Mercy-USA’s center in Mogadishu was the first specialized TB treatment facility to begin operation in Somalia after the outbreak of civil war in 1990. Mercy-USA’s second center opened in the northeastern city of Bossaso in 1995, and the third began in 2005 in the northern city of Las Anod. Mercy-USA’s fourth center opened in the northern city of Buhodle on the border with Ethiopia in 2008; the fifth and sixth centers opened in 2010 in the towns of Sheikh and Odweyne in the northern Somaliland region. These centers are supported by a sub-grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).
These six centers, which have a cure rate of about 80%, treat approximately 1,000 TB patients annually. M-USA utilizes the most effective TB treatment strategy, the Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS) method. In addition to treatment, our centers educate their local communities about TB prevention.
With the support of UNICEF and GFATM Mercy-USA’s TB centers are also providing HIV/AIDS and STI testing, treatment and counseling.
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