In Bangladesh, private healthcare is common and popular, regardless of income or area of residence, making the private sector an important player in health service provision. Although the private sector offers a good range of health services, tuberculosis (TB) care in the private sector is poor. The authors conducted research in Dhaka, between 2004 and 2008, to develop and evaluate a public–private partnership (PPP) model to involve private medical practitioners (PMPs) within the National TB Control Programme (NTP)’s activities. Since 2008, this PPP model has been scaled up in 2 other big cities, Chittagong and Sylhet. This paper reports the results of this development, evaluation and scale-up.
This research is supported by the Department for International Development’s COMDIS-HSD Programme
Zafar Ullah, A.N..; Huque, R.; Husain, A.; Akter, S.; Akramul Islam; Newell, J.N. Effectiveness of involving the private medical sector in the National TB Control Programme in Bangladesh: evidence from mixed methods. BMJ Open (2012) 2 (6) e001534. [DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001534]
Effectiveness of involving the private medical sector in the National TB Control Programme in Bangladesh: evidence from mixed methods