Tuberculosis is one of the India’s most prevalent health care concerns, where 33% of the world’s global TB burden resides. Currently, the World Health Organization’s Directly Observed Therapy, Short-Course protocol is utilized to provide treatment to TB positive individuals. While the DOTS therapy has been effective at lowering the prevalence of TB, incidence has remained the same since 1990.
We will be working with Operation ASHA, an Indian run non-governmental organization, which utilizes a more patient focused treatment design, the 13-Point Treatment Protocol. While initial data suggests that this program has been effective at treating TB in communities around New Delhi, there has been no formalized study to assess outcomes. Initial efforts will be dedicated to determining if the 13-Point Protocol has been successful at treating tuberculosis and controlling drop out rates when compared to historic DOTS data.