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New system for TB management

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Dr. Mao Tan Eang, director of the National Center for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control, talked to the media on Friday. KT/Ven Rathavong

The Indian embassy has given Cambodia a grant of $50,000 to implement a quick impact project and solution for tuberculosis (TB) management. 
At a press conference at the National Center for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control (CENAT) on Friday, it was announced that this project had been implemented since last August through new technology using software applications on tablets for controlling TB. 
Dr. Narith Ratha, the program director of Operation ASHA who is implementing the project, said Operation ASHA had been implemented as a pilot project in Takeo province. 
“If the first project is a success, we would apply for more assistance from the Indian embassy,” he said. 
Dr. Ratha said the project uses a software application which can track adherence to the long standing TB medicine and generate alerts if a patients miss his dose. 
He added that with the new system, delays in treatment were reduced 3.4 times on average, there was increased case detection and also improved access to treatment through doorstep delivery. 
“So far we detected 280 patients,” Dr. Ratha said, adding that those patients were under tracking and getting treatment from 15 health centres in Takeo’s Daun Keo district. 
“This new system is better than before, including for detecting cases,” he said. 
Dr. Mao Tan Eang, the director of CENAT, said his center had cooperated with Operation ASHA since 2010. He said he appreciated the new system which detected more patients as well as processing treatment. 
“This new project is linked with information technology,” he said. 
He added that the centre was evaluating all technology systems to use for TB management across the Kingdom next year. Deaths and cases of TB would be decreased, he said. 
“We hope that we can expand this system [to other areas] as soon as possible,” Dr. Tan Eang said. 

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