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Free Content Reduction of tuberculosis burden among prisoners in Mongolia: review of case notification, 2001–2010 [Notes from the field]

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Documentation on the TB situation in prisons in developing countries is limited, and very few studies have quantitatively evaluated TB control programmes in prisons. This study aimed to evaluate TB control in Mongolian prisons by analysing routine programmatic data. The TB caseload in prisons has significantly diminished in the last decade, synchronised with policy and programmatic development, including systematic entry screening on detention and after conviction, and improved living conditions. Improved case detection during entry screening may have contributed to the significant reduction of the TB caseload in prisons.

Keywords: epidemiology; prisons; tuberculosis

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: National TB Programme, National Centre for Communicable Diseases, Ministry of Health, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 2: Department of Public Health Policy Implementation and Coordination, Ministry of Health, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 3: Prison TB Hospital, General Executive Agency of Court Decision, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 4: Global Fund Project Coordination Unit, Ministry of Health, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 5: World Vision Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 6: World Health Organization, Representative Office in Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 7: World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Western Pacific, Manila, Philippines

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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