Finding TB cases by the Reaching Urban Poor Approach
The strategy was to integrate TB using the Reaching the Urban Poor (RUP) model of the maternal and child health programme. Specifically, the approach involved community participation, advocacy and information campaigns, and improvement in TB services in health centres. In Quezon City, other innovations were also introduced such as the use of mobile technology to complement field operations of community volunteers, referral system, and health advisories; and the publication of “interactive” IECs.
As a proof of the effectiveness of this approach, 142 TB cases were identified, and started treatment, from July 2011 to June 2012.