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Philippines Business for Social Progress (PBSP) is a key player in the fight against TB

Philippines Business for Social Progress (PBSP) is a key player in the fight against TB

The Philippines ranks 9th among 22 “high burden” countries for tuberculosis with an estimated incidence of 133 for every 100,000 Filipinos. Philippines Business for Social Progress (PBSP), a United Way organization, has been a key player in a program called TB LINC, which is working to help meet the national target of detecting 70% and curing 85% of detected cases. Since 2006, the number of microscopy laboratories that address TB has increased from 433 to 636 and the proportion of microscopy laboratories with over 95% correct microscopy reading results increased from 82% to 93%, thus improving the capability of the local governments and hospitals to detect TB cases. PBSP and its local partners are actively engaged in providing resources to prevent and treat diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and TB. Overall, the project is set to meet the goal of significantly reducing the prevalence, incidence, and mortality of TB by at least 50% from the baseline in 2000.