Tuberculosis Prevention in High Burden Areas

What is the Project About?

The project aims to support the priority gaps in the National Tuberculosis (TB) Control Programme by dramatically reducing the burden of TB in the poor and vulnerable populations by 2015 in line with the MDGs and the Stop TB Partnership targets. Project objectives include enhancing treatment practices, addressing issues related to TB/HIV combination and drug resistant, empowering TB affected people/communities, and enhancing TB control systems and infrastructure.

The Project is being implemented in seven high-prevalence provinces of I.R. Iran, and prisons settings across the country where more than 50% of TB cases are identified. Apart from strengthening the TB control capacity in general, the project targets the individuals living with TB-HIV, prisoners and patients with multidrug-resistance TB (MDR-TB)

What Have We Accomplished So Far?

  • Strengthened TB program  management capacities systems and quality assurance.
  • Strengthened TB diagnosis  lab facilities.
  • Improved technical standard.
  • Increased treatment success rate (from 83.49 in 2009 to 83.5 in 2010).
  • Increased  notification rate (from 13.87 in 2010 to 14.49 in 2011).
  • Improved TB control program in prisons by strengthening patient identification, isolation and treatment facilities.
  • Improved surveillance system (identification, reporting, and recording) in prisons.

Who Finances It?

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: US$ 18,957,412

Delivery in Previous Fiscal Year


Project Highlights

  • Diagnosis and treatment of new smear positive cases have been improved by establishing/equipping high tech lab facilities
  • Prevention strategies developed to minimize contamination of TB laboratory personnel
  • All prisons with population of above 500 inmates are now equipped with isolation rooms and quarantine wards to enhance, diagnosis, prevention and treatment capacities

Project Overview
Project Start Date:
October 2008
Estimated End Date:
September 2013
Geographic Coverage:
Sistan va Baluchestan,Golestan, Hormozgan, North Khorasan, South Khorasan, Khorasan Razavi and Khuzestan and prisons across Iran
Focus Area:
Health and Development
Project Officer:
Melina Seyfollahzadeh
GFATM Country Coordinating Mechanism, Ministry of Health, Treatment and Medical Education, Center for Disease Control, Prisons Organization and the World Health Organization