APOPO’s TB detection: results in 24 hours and patient tracking improve linkage to care

More than 170,000 samples from 98,089 patients with presumptive TB were re-evaluated by APOPO from 2014-2017 using TB detection rats followed by confirmation tests. The results suggest that the combination of fast diagnostic service and patient tracking are key in achieving higher treatment initiation rates among TB patients in Tanzania – a model which APOPO aims to sustain and expand.

APOPO has compared the percentage of patients linked to care before (2014-2016) and after (2017) the opening of the new central lab facility and a motorbike sample referral network in Dar. APOPO aimed to assess whether faster result turnaround and patient tracking by community health workers (CHW) can reduce pre-treatment loss-to-follow-up.

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