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Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to improve the mechanisms used to measure the progress and effectiveness of the tuberculosis control programmes funded by his Department. (323667)

The Department for International Development (DFID) aims to ensure that all organisations supported by UK aid have robust systems to monitor and measure their impact. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) reports regularly against targets and continually analyses how their monitoring and reporting systems can be improved. DFID is providing £6 billion to strengthen health systems in developing counties from 2008-15. A significant portion of this funding is being used to develop health information management systems that will assist in measuring the progress and effectiveness of tuberculosis control programmes.

Many tuberculosis control programmes have reported 80 per cent. cure rates using the Directly Observed Therapy, Short-course (DOTS) monitoring system. DOTS is an effective strategy supported by the World Health Organisation and used by many programmes supported by DFID to monitor their success.