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Sunday, 18 April 2010

Fiji: grant to aid prophylaxis and treatment

THE treatment of about 650 tuberculosis patients over the next five years will be carried out by the National TB Program via a $20million grant from the Global Fund.The project will involve the distribution of TB prophylaxis to more than 750 children.The Ministry of Health will manage and co-ordinate the grant.The recipients include the Red Cross Society, Fiji Nursing Association and the Fiji School of Medicine, Fiji National University, National TB Program, National Reference Laboratory, Fiji Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Services Centre and the Health Information Unit.The Global Fund will support the ministry to reduce the burden of TB in Fiji.The funds will be distributed in two phases starting this month and ending in June 2012.The Health Ministry will upgrade laboratory systems in the main divisional facilities, support the National TB program and strengthen the pharmaceutical inventory.The health sector believes the grant will allow the State to decentralise the role of government health services for TB, allowing more private practitioner and civil society organisation participation. The grant aims to bring about effective community outreach programmes.

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