Special issue: Evidence to improve global tuberculosis control strategies: lessons from Southeast Asia

Health, Policy and Planning, Vol 32, Issue suppl_2, October 2017

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The series provides some key lessons that have broader relevance in the region and globally. It shows the importance of linking health systems research to resolving locally defined problems – in this case the reduction of death and suffering from an ancient disease, TB. As has been shown elsewhere, countries need both effective TB control programs and sufficiently resourced primary health care, with an efficient use of resources to achieve both. Locally defined health systems research can then help define what works in different situations for different communities and high-risk groups. Similarly, there are lessons in other parts of the world that could help inform local TB policy and research priorities in the region.

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