Unite to End TB: 21 GeneXpert machines had been installed all over Sudan to enhance the rapid detection of Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis!Mar 23, 2017
Khartoum, 24. March 2017- Today, marks the world TB Day 2017 under the theme ‘’Unite to End TB’’. On this day, The United Nations Development Programme in Sudan and through the support of The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health, have succeeded to invest 400,000 USD to enhance the rapid detection of the Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis. This included procurement and installation of 21 GeneXpert machines, training of 60 lab technician and rehabilitation of 8 laboratories.
GeneXpert is a new technology that diagnoses Multi-Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis. It shortens the diagnosis period to few hours instead of many weeks. Such a short diagnosis period allows the health worker to start the treatment immediately after the diagnosis as well as halt the spread of this disease. The installation of the GeneXpert machine had been launched in Sudan for the first time in 2015. The launch started by installing two GeneXpert machines in the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory in Khartoum State and then installed in all the other states Sudan. The installation process was accompanied by comprehensive training for the lab technicians as well as rehabilitation of the TB laboratories per each state to ensure suitable place as well as appropriate utilization of the machine.
Since 2005, UNDP in Sudan, through the Global Fund support, the Federal Ministry of Health and other stakeholders are working to reduce the mortality rate associated with TB in Sudan in Holistic approach through; expanding the integration of TB/HIV services, increasing the detection and treatment of multi-drug resistance tuberculosis, supporting community-based interventions, increase the awareness of vulnerable groups and capacity building for health care providers.