The first among 17 Xpert MTB/RIF diagnostic systems and 12,000 cartridges have been handed over to the National Tuberculosis Programme on Feb. 6 thanks to a 4 million USD project, called CARE 1, funded by the United States Agency for International Development and the KNVC TB Foundation.

The facilities will help strengthen diagnosis and raise the quality of treatment for TB and multi-drug resistant TB in Vietnam, especially people living with HIV and children.

According to the World Health Organisation, Vietnam ranks 12th and is one of 22 countries with high TB burden in the world. Annually, 180,000 Vietnamese people are infected with TB, of whom 95,000-100,000 people have been detected and put into treatment./.