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Korea backs Addis TB prevention control drive

A 2.8 USD million TB prevention and control project for Addis Ababa signed between the city Health Bureau and the Korean International Cooperation Agency last year was officially inaugurated last week . The project aimed at increasing Case Detection Ration (CDR) and Treatment success rate (TSR) by improving the accessibility of TB service delivery to the communities who are residing in congested areas in the ten sub-cities with the help of a mobile TB care clinic service. At the launching workshop held in Sheraton Addis, Bureau Head Fantu said the project known for its mobile TB clinic, the first of its kind in Ethiopia, is believed to significantly increase CDR, which is one of the major challenges of the bureau in its TB prevention and control program. As per the agreement, the bureau would receive two vans by October 2012 from KOICA equipped with digital X-ray, LED microscope and other supplies, staffed by a gene expert, a physician, lab technologist, radiologist and a nurse. 
(The Ethiopian Herald)