The Three Millennium Development Goal Fund on Sunday introduced electronic fund transfers for patients receiving treatment for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis in Yangon and Mandalay regions, giving them easier access to monthly cash assistance.
In partnership with Kanbawza Bank, the new arrangement lets patients withdraw their assistance payments from ATMsin 50 townships across the regions. They will receive K30,000 in monthly support throughout their 20-month treatment course.
Patients and their families can make withdrawals at Yangon Region TB Centre (Aung San) and Upper Myanmar TB Centre in Patheingyi of Mandalay, as well as other KBZ Bank ATMs, according to a press release issued on Sunday.
With the aim of fighting MDR-TB in the country, the 3MDG Fund and the Ministry of Health signed a US$11.5 million agreement to treat 2,200 patients with MDR-TB in 2014. The agreement also covers the strengthening ofdata management and improvement of MDR-TB infrastructure.
According to a WHO report, 500,000 people have been diagnosed with MDR-TB worldwide.Myanmar isone of 27 high MDR-TB burden countries. Around 5 percent of new TB cases are found to be multi-drug resistant.
By Khaing Thanda Lwin