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World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia
Involving Private Medical Practitioners in TB and STI Control
World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia, July 2001, 35 pp

Report of an Informal Consultation Bangkok, 20-22 February 2001. WHO Project: ICP RHR 001/ICP CPC 002.


"The role of private medical practitioners particularly in the management of sexually transmitted infections and in the treatment of tuberculosis cannot be underestimated, particularly in this Region. This is especially true since studies have shown that 50-70% of such patients are cared for by the private sector. Recognizing this, the WHO Regional office for South-East Asia, in collaboration with Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, organized an informal consultation from 20 to 22 February 2001 involving private medical practitioners, representatives of medical associations, medical schools and officials from national STI/HIV/AIDS and TB programmes from Member Countries. The objectives of this consultation were: (1) To review the status of TB and HIV/STI in the South-East Asia Region, including patterns of accessing health care; (2) To identify the next stages/steps required to involve private practitioners in TB and STI control, and (3) To identify specific issues to be addressed at country level to effect changes in health delivery."

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