Philippine Coalition Against Tuberculosis (PhilCAT) received
a grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis
and Malaria (GFATM) to implement Public – Private
Mix DOTS (PPMD) in the Philippines. This activity is being
undertaken by PhilCAT in collaboration with the Department
of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
overall goal of the PPMD project is to increase TB case
detection, improve cure rate and synchronize the management
of TB in the public and private health sectors. PhilCAT
started implementing the PPMD project in November 2003
and is now on its second year of implementation.
its first year, Regional Coordinating Committees on PPMD
(RCC – PPMD) were established in the regions of
Cagayan Valley, CALABARZON, Western Visayas, Northern
Mindanao and Davao. Seven PPMD Units were also installed
in the same year. In August 2004, the project expanded
to three more regions and established RCC – PPMD
in Bicol, Central Visayas and CARAGA. There were 21 new
PPMD Units installed across eight regions for Year Two.
present, PhilCAT, in partnership with DOH, WHO, the Centers
for Health Development (CHD), local government units (LGU),
the private sector, academe and nongovernment organizations,
is working toward engaging more private players in PPMD.