Globally, tuberculosis is the tenth leading cause of death, and nearly one quarter of the world’s population is infected with the disease. In 2016, 10.4 million people around the world became sick with tuberculosis, and 1.7 million people died from the disease. Complicating this public health challenge is the growing number of drug-resistance cases. The international community has set specific goals in the End TB strategy that call for a 95 percent reduction in deaths from tuberculosis and a 90 percent reduction in new cases by 2035 compared to 2015 figures. To meet these goals, it is critical to tap the resources of the public and private sectors.
SHOPS Plus aims to support national programs in controlling the spread of the disease and providing quality patient care. The project uses social and behavior change communication throughout the continuum of care. It works with the health system to improve access to tuberculosis products and services.
In India, SHOPS Plus aims to support the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program’s social and behavior change communication strategy and improve access to tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment services by activating the integration of the National Urban Health Mission with the national program.
In Nigeria, SHOPS Plus is establishing networks made up of different cadres of private providers to detect, diagnose, follow up, and treat tuberculosis. The project will engage intermediary organizations to support the networks and interface with the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program.