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Free Content Impact of awareness drives and community-based active tuberculosis case finding in Odisha, India

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India's Revised National Tuberculosis Control programme employs passive case detection. The new sputum smear-positive case detection rate is less than 70% in Odisha State. During April–June 2012, active case finding (ACF) was conducted through awareness drives and field-based tuberculosis (TB) screening in select communities with the lowest case detection rates. During the campaign, 240 sputum smear-positive TB cases were detected. The number of smear-positive cases detected increased by 11% relative to April–June 2011 in intervention communities compared to an 0.8% increase in non-intervention communities. ACF brought TB services closer to the community and increased TB case detection.
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Keywords: Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme; active case finding; awareness drives; outreach; surveillance

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: World Health Organization Country Office for India, New Delhi 2: Department of Health, Government of Odisha, Bhubaneswar 3: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, South-East Asia Regional Office, New Delhi 4: National Tuberculosis Institute, Bangalore, India 5: Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Publication date: September 1, 2014

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