Grassroots Leadership Improves the TB Control Program for the Urban Poor in Quezon City, Philippines

The Philippines is one of the 22 countries worldwide with the highest tuberculosis (TB) rates and one of the 27 highest multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) burden countries. In late 2011, Quezon City Health Department (QCHD), with the support of the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Systems for Improving Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, took steps to strengthen TB program management at the barangay (grassroots) level. The objective was to allow the community stakeholders to participate, and take ownership, in managing the TB program in their community.

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