Yemen & Japan Join in Fighting TB [Archives:2001/16/Local News]

April 16 2001

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been supporting TB control in Yemen since 1983. Through their support National TB Institutes were founded in Sana’a, Taiz and Hodeidah. TB programs were also intensified in the southern part of the country. In the third phase of collaboration between Yemen and Japan, the aim was to provide effective TB control services to all over Yemen. By the end of 2000, directly observed treatment, short course (DOTS) was expanded to more than 150 districts and 89% of the population gained access to it. TB control project by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will continue until August 2004 and the Research Institute of Tuberculosis (RIT) will carry on the operational research for better implementation of DOTS.