SHOPS Plus Tuberculosis Program in Nigeria
Nigeria has one of the lowest case detection rates among high tuberculosis (TB) burden countries. With an estimated 452,000 cases in 2020, according to the WHO, only 31 percent were reported as receiving treatment. The private health sector has been an underused resource for TB detection in Nigeria because the TB program has been public sector focused. Strengthening the private sector’s capacity to detect and treat TB is vital to increase the TB case detection rate in Nigeria. The SHOPS Plus TB program been working with the Nigerian government and private providers on a public private partnership that has successfully changed this dynamic and increased access to TB care through the private sector. To do this, SHOPS Plus established networks made up of different cadres of private providers to detect, diagnose, follow-up, and treat TB.