The project titled ‘TB One Stop Services (TOSS)’ aims at increasing the rate of TB screenings and improve diagnosis by motivating the Private Healthcare providers, who are generally the first contacts of patients for any medication.
The project was operational in two districts of Andhra Pradesh namely Kurnool & Chittoor Districts
Recognising the reason behind fewer screenings is that most patients contact the Private sector for established medication but the new diagnostic tests are not available in the Private sector, TBAI has established Diagnostic hubs in private Labs in the operational area. The model adopted there comprises offering CBNAAT at the subsidized rates to patients who can pay (IPAQT) and also offers free service to one patient below the poverty line for every five patients who can pay. Thus it provide healthcare to all but at the same time it does not interfere with the commercial and business interests of the Private Sector.