Increasing TB case notification by enhancing GeneXpert optimization


In Nigeria, tuberculosis (TB) is a major public health problem and low case finding remains a challenge to its eradication. The USAID-funded Challenge TB project supports GeneXpert sites across the country. However sub-optimal GeneXpert utilization due to modular failures, power supply issues, and inadequate samples has contributed to low TB case finding. This technical brief describes the design, development, and dissemination of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and tools to ensure that TB case detection becomes a permanent, routine, and consistent activity resulting in increased case detection and notification.