Private doctors must improve their treatment of tuberculosis, says WHOBMJ 2002; 325 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7376.1320 (Published 07 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1320
- Phyllida Brown
Global targets for the control of tuberculosis will not be met unless the public sector can engage the growing army of private doctors who now treat patients with tuberculosis and improve these doctors' management of the disease.
This is one key conclusion of a working group at the World Health Organization (WHO). The group is calling for increased resources and urgent action to build partnerships between private and public sectors in countries where the tuberculosis burden is high, including India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
“It is time to move from research to action,” said Dr Mukund Uplekar, coordinator of the WHO working group and a former private physician from Mumbai, India. There are already successful examples of partnerships, he says–for example, in Hyderabad, Delhi, and …