Management of TB in the private sector in Khartoum, Sudan: quality and impact on TB control
Sudan has a large and growing private health sector. No survey was done in Sudan to show the extent of the use of private health care services by the population. Also precise data on tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis and treatment in the private sector are not available.
Material and methods
A facility-based cross-sectional survey was carried out during February2007-June 2007 in Khartoum state, whereby consented private physicians working in the all private clinics (n=110) were interviewed.
This study showed that a large private sector exist in the country and deliver care to TB patients and reported the non-adherence of this sector to National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) guidelines. 59.1% of the interviewed physicians correctly mentioned the TB treatment regimens, only 8(12.3%) physicians that reported management of TB patients actually prescribed these regimens to their patients. Similarly, only 10(15.4%) physicians requested sputum smear examination for TB
A considerable proportion of cases is inadequately managed by the private sector and is not notified to NTP. The information delivered by this study can be used to develop a workable Public-private mix (PPM) model with the private sector.
Key words: Isoniazid, Rifampicin, Pyrazinamide, Ethambutol.