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   ISSN (Print) 2225-2002 - ISSN (Online) 2225-2010
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  • Tuberculosis diagnostic networks: Moving beyond the laboratory to end
           tuberculosis in Africa

    • Authors: Amy Piatek
      Abstract: No abstract available.
      PubDate: 2017-03-31
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
  • Evaluation of the SD Bioline TB Ag MPT64 test for identification of
           Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex from liquid cultures in Southwestern

    • Authors: Patrick Orikiriza, Dan Nyehangane, Daniel Atwine, John J. Kisakye, Kennedy Kassaza, Juliet-Mwanga Amumpaire, Yap Boum II
      Abstract: Background: To confirm presence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, some tuberculosis culture laboratories still rely on para-nitrobenzoic acid (PNB), a traditional technique that requires sub-culturing of clinical isolates and two to three weeks to give results. Rapid identification tests have improved turnaround times for mycobacterial culture results. Considering the challenges of the PNB method, we assessed the performance of the SD Bioline TB Ag MPT64 assay by using PNB as gold standard to detect M. tuberculosis complex from acid-fast bacilli (AFB) positive cultures.Objectives: The aim of this study was to determine the sensitivity, specificity and turnaround time of the SD MPT64 assay for identification of M. tuberculosis complex, in a setting with high prevalence of tuberculosis and HIV.Methods: A convenience sample of 690 patients, with tuberculosis symptoms, was enrolled at Epicentre Mbarara Research Centre between April 2010 and June 2011. The samples were decontaminated using NALC-NaOH and re-suspended sediments inoculated in Mycobacterium Growth Indicator Tubes (MGIT) media, then incubated at 37 °C for a maximum of eight weeks. A random sample of 50 known negative cultures and 50 non-tuberculous mycobacteria isolates were tested for specificity, while sensitivity was based on AFB positivity. The time required from positive culture to reporting of results was also assessed with PNB used as the gold standard.Results: Of the 138 cultures that were AFB-positive, the sensitivity of the SD MPT64 assay was 100.0% [95% CI: 97.3 – 100] and specificity was 100.0% (95% CI, 96.4 – 100). The median time from a specimen receipt to confirmation of strain was 10 days [IQR: 8–12] with SD MPT64 and 24 days [IQR: 22–26] with PNB.Conclusion: The SD MPT64 assay is comparable to PNB for identification of M. tuberculosis complex and reduces the time to detection.
      PubDate: 2017-03-31
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
  • Molecular characterisation of rifampicin-resistant Mycobacterium
           tuberculosis strains from Malawi

    • Authors: Tarsizio Chikaonda, Irene Ketseoglou, Nelson Nguluwe, Robert Krysiak, Isaac Thengolose, Felix Nyakwawa, Nora E. Rosenberg, Christopher Stanley, James Mpunga, Irving F. Hoffman, Maria A. Papathanasopoulos, Mina Hosseinipour, Lesley Scott, Wendy Stevens
      Abstract: Background: Availability and access to the detection of resistance to anti-tuberculosis drug sremains a significant challenge in Malawi due to limited diagnostic services. The Xpert® MTB/RIF can detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis and resistance to rifampicin in a single, rapid assay. Rifampicin-resistant M. tuberculosis has not been well studied in Malawi.Objectives: We aimed to determine mutations in the rifampicin resistance determining region (RRDR) of the rpoB gene of M. tuberculosis strains which were defined as resistant to rifampicin by the Xpert MTB/RIF assay.Methods: Rifampicin-resistant isolates from 43 adult patients (≥ 18 years) from various districts of Malawi were characterised for mutations in the RRDR (codons 507–533) of the rpoB gene by DNA sequencing.Results: Mutations were found in 37/43 (86%) of the resistant isolates in codons 511, 512, 513,516, 522, 526 and 531. The most common mutations were in codons 526 (38%), 531 (29.7%) and 516 (16.2%). Mutations were not found in 6/43 (14%) of the resistant isolates. No novel rpoB mutations other than those previously described were found among the rifampicin-resistant M. tuberculosis complex strains.Conclusion: This study is the first to characterise rifampicin resistance in Malawi. The chaintermination DNA sequencing employed in this study is a standard method for the determination of nucleotide sequences and can be used to confirm rifampicin resistance obtained using other assays, including the Xpert MTB/RIF. Further molecular cluster analysis, such as spoligotyping and DNA finger printing, is still required to determine transmission dynamics and the epidemiological link of the mutated strains.
      PubDate: 2017-03-31
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
  • Performance of Xpert® MTB/RIF among tuberculosis outpatients in
           Lilongwe, Malawi

    • Authors: Tarsizio Chikaonda, Nelson Nguluwe, Brian Barnett, Runa H. Gokhale, Robert Krysiak, Isaac Thengolose, Nora E. Rosenberg, Christopher Stanley, James Mpunga, Irving F. Hoffman, Mina Hosseinipour, Lesley Scott, Wendy Stevens
      Abstract: Background: Xpert® MTB/RIF is a molecular test for the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and rifampicin resistance. It is considered to be a great advance over smear microscopy and culture. However, there is very little information regarding the performance characteristics of Xpert MTB/RIF in Malawi.Objective: We aimed to evaluate the performance of Xpert MTB/RIF in a Malawian setting.Methods: Stored sputum pellets were processed on Xpert MTB/RIF between June 2012 andMay 2014. Results were compared to mycobacteria growth indicator tube and Löwenstein-Jensen cultures, LED fluorescent microscopy and GenoType® MTBDRplus assay. Rifampicinresistance was confirmed by DNA sequencing.Results: Of the 348 specimens with valid Xpert MTB/RIF results, 129/348 (37%) were smearpositive and 198/348 (57%) were culture-positive. Xpert MTB/RIF demonstrated a sensitivity of 93.8% (95% CI 89.4% – 96.8%) and specificity of 97.4% (95% CI 93.5% – 99.3%), with a positive predictive value of 97.8% (95% CI 94.6% – 99.4%) and a negative predictive value of 92.6% (95% CI 87.4% – 96.1%). Xpert MTB/RIF correctly identified 185/186 (99.5%) rifampicin sensitive and 2/2 (100%) rifampicin-resistant M. tuberculosis strains. Mutations were notdetected by sequencing in one isolate which was rifampicin resistant on Xpert MTB/RIF butsensitive on MTBDRplus. Four non-tuberculous mycobacteria grew from four smear-negativespecimens, namely, M. avium (n = 1) and M. intracellulare (n = 3). No cross-reactivity wasobserved with any of the non-tuberculous mycobacteria when using Xpert MTB/RIF.Conclusion: When fully implemented, Xpert MTB/RIF may have an impact on patient care inMalawi. The increased diagnostic yield of Xpert MTB/RIF over smear microscopy can increaselaboratory-confirmed tuberculosis detection and ensure that treatment is given to appropriateindividuals or groups.
      PubDate: 2017-03-31
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
  • Implementation of quality management systems and progress towards
           accreditation of National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratories in Africa

    • Authors: Heidi Albert, Jean de Dieu Iragena, Kekeletso Kao, Donatelle Erni, Teferi Mekonen, Philip C. Onyebujoh
      Abstract: Background: Laboratory services are essential at all stages of the tuberculosis care cascade, from diagnosis and drug resistance testing to monitoring response to treatment. Enabling access to quality services is a challenge in low-resource settings. Implementation of a strong quality management system (QMS) and laboratory accreditation are key to improving patient care.Objectives: The study objective was to determine the status of QMS implementation and progress towards accreditation of National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratories (NTRLs) in the African Region.Method: An online questionnaire was administered to NTRL managers in 47 World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa member states in the region, between February and April 2015, regarding the knowledge of QMS tools and progress toward implementation to inform strategies for tuberculosis diagnostic services strengthening in the region.Results: A total of 21 laboratories (43.0%) had received SLMTA/TB-SLMTA training, of which 10 had also used the Global Laboratory Initiative accreditation tool. However, only 36.7% of NTRLs had received a laboratory audit, a first step in quality improvement. Most NTRLs participated in acid-fast bacilli microscopy external quality assurance (95.8%), although external quality assurance for other techniques was lower (60.4% for first-line drug susceptibility testing, 25.0% for second-line drug susceptibility testing, and 22.9% for molecular testing). Barriers to accreditation included lack of training and accreditation programmes. Only 28.6%of NTRLs had developed strategic plans and budgets which included accreditation.Conclusion: Good foundations are in place on the continent from which to scale up accreditation efforts. Laboratory audits should be conducted as a first step in developing quality improvement action plans. Political commitment and strong leadership are needed to drive accreditation efforts; advocacy will require clear evidence of patient impact and cost-benefit.
      PubDate: 2017-03-31
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
  • Mozambique’s journey toward accreditation of the National
           Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory

    • Authors: Sofia O. Viegas, Khalide Azam, Carla Madeira, Carmen Aguiar, Carolina Dolores, Ana P. Mandlaze, Patrina Chongo, Jessina Masamha, Daniela M. Cirillo, Ilesh V. Jani, Eduardo S. Gudo
      Abstract: Background: Internationally-accredited laboratories are recognised for their superior test reliability, operational performance, quality management and competence. In a bid to meet international quality standards, the Mozambique National Institute of Health enrolled the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (NTRL) in a continuous quality improvement process towards ISO 15189 accreditation. Here, we describe the road map taken by the NTRL to achieve international accreditation.Methods: The NTRL adopted the Strengthening Laboratory Management Toward Accreditation (SLMTA) programme as a strategy to implement a quality management system. After SLMTA, the Mozambique National Institute of Health committed to accelerate the NTRL’s process toward accreditation. An action plan was designed to streamline the process. Quality indicators were defined to benchmark progress. Staff were trained to improve performance. Mentorship from an experienced assessor was provided. Fulfilment of accreditation standards was assessed by the Portuguese Accreditation Board.Results: Of the eight laboratories participating in SLMTA, the NTRL was the best-performing laboratory, achieving a 53.6% improvement over the SLMTA baseline conducted in February 2011 to the Stepwise Laboratory Quality Improvement Process Towards Accreditation (SLIPTA) assessment in June 2013. During the accreditation assessment in September 2014, 25 minor nonconformities were identified and addressed. In March 2015, the NTRL received Portuguese Accreditation Board recognition of technical competency for fluorescence smear microscopy, and solid and liquid culture. The NTRL is the first laboratory in Mozambique toachieve ISO 15189 accreditation.Conclusions: From our experience, accreditation was made possible by institutional commitment, strong laboratory leadership, staff motivation, adequate infrastructure and a comprehensive action plan.
      PubDate: 2017-03-31
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
  • Developing a customised approach for strengthening tuberculosis laboratory
           quality management systems toward accreditation

    • Authors: Heidi Albert, Andre Trollip, Donatelle Erni, Kekeletso Kao
      Abstract: Background: Quality-assured tuberculosis laboratory services are critical to achieve global and national goals for tuberculosis prevention and care. Implementation of a quality management system (QMS) in laboratories leads to improved quality of diagnostic tests and better patient care. The Strengthening Laboratory Management Toward Accreditation (SLMTA) programme has led to measurable improvements in the QMS of clinical laboratories. However, progress in tuberculosis laboratories has been slower, which may be attributed to the need for a structured tuberculosis-specific approach to implementing QMS. We describe the development and early implementation of the Strengthening Tuberculosis Laboratory Management Toward Accreditation (TB SLMTA) programme.Development: The TB SLMTA curriculum was developed by customizing the SLMTA curriculum to include specific tools, job aids and supplementary materials specific to the tuberculosis laboratory. The TB SLMTA Harmonized Checklist was developed from the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa Stepwise Laboratory Quality Improvement Process Towards Accreditation checklist, and incorporated tuberculosis-specific requirements from the Global Laboratory Initiative Stepwise Process Towards Tuberculosis Laboratory Accreditation online tool.Implementation: Four regional training-of-trainers workshops have been conducted since 2013. The TB SLMTA programme has been rolled out in 37 tuberculosis laboratories in 10 countries using the Workshop approach in 32 laboratories in five countries and the Facility based approach in five tuberculosis laboratories in five countries.Conclusion: Lessons learnt from early implementation of TB SLMTA suggest that a structured training and mentoring programme can build a foundation towards further quality improvement in tuberculosis laboratories. Structured mentoring, and institutionalisation of QMS into country programmes, is needed to support tuberculosis laboratories to achieve accreditation.
      PubDate: 2017-03-31
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
  • Diagnostic system strengthening for drug resistant tuberculosis in
           Nigeria: impact and challenges

    • Authors: Gambo Aliyu, Nicholas Ezati, Mosunmola Iwakun, Sam Peters, Alash’le Abimiku
      Abstract: Background: The increasing prevalence of drug-resistant tuberculosis and the threat of extensively-drug-resistant tuberculosis in HIV hotspots have made the detection and treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis in the sub-Saharan Africa setting a global public health priority.Objective: We sought to examine the impact and challenges of tuberculosis diagnostic capacity development for the detection of drug-resistant tuberculosis and bio-surveillance using a modular biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) laboratory in Nigeria.Method: In 2010, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programme, through the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, deployed a modular, BSL-3 laboratory to support the national tuberculosis programme in drug-resistant tuberculosis detection and bio-surveillance for effective tuberculosis prevention and control.Results: From 2010 until present, sputum samples from 11 606 suspected cases in 33 states were screened for drug-resistant tuberculosis. Of those, 1500 (12.9%) had mono-resistant tuberculosis strains, and 459 (4.0%) cases had multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Over the lastfour years, 133 scientists were trained in a train-the-trainer programme on advanced tuberculosis culture, drug susceptibility testing, line-probe assays and Xpert® MTB/RIF, in addition to safety operations for biosafety facilities. Power instability, running cost and seasonal dust are notable challenges to optimal performance and scale up.Conclusion: Movable BSL-3 containment laboratories can be deployed to improve diagnostic capacity for drug-resistant tuberculosis and bio-surveillance in settings with limited resources.
      PubDate: 2017-03-31
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
  • Rolling out Xpert MTB/RIF® for tuberculosis detection in HIV-positive
           populations: An opportunity for systems strengthening

    • Authors: Ishani Pathmanathan, Anand Date, William L. Coggin, John Nkengasong, Amy S. Piatek, Heather Alexander
      Abstract: Background: To eliminate preventable deaths, disease and suffering due to tuberculosis ,improved diagnostic capacity is critical. The Cepheid Xpert MTB/RIF® assay is recommended by the World Health Organization as the initial diagnostic test for people with suspected HIV associatedtuberculosis. However, despite high expectations, its scale-up in real-world settings has faced challenges, often due to the systems that support it.Opportunities for System Strengthening: In this commentary, we discuss needs and opportunities for systems strengthening to support widespread scale-up of Xpert MTB/RIF as they relate to each step within the tuberculosis diagnostic cascade, from finding presumptive patients, to collecting, transporting and testing sputum specimens, to reporting and receiving results, to initiating and monitoring treatment and, ultimately, to ensuring successful and timely treatment and cure. Investments in evidence-based interventions at each step along the cascade and within the system as a whole will augment not only the utility of Xpert MTB/RIF, but also the successful implementation of future diagnostic tests.Conclusion: Xpert MTB/RIF will only improve patient outcomes if optimally implemented within the context of strong tuberculosis programmes and systems. Roll-out of this technology to people living with HIV and others in resource-limited settings offers the opportunity to leverage current tuberculosis and HIV laboratory, diagnostic and programmatic investments, while also addressing challenges and strengthening coordination between laboratory systems, laboratory-programme interfaces, and tuberculosis-HIV programme interfaces. If successful, the benefits of this tool could extend beyond progress toward global End TB Strategy goals, to improve system-wide capacity for global disease detection and control.
      PubDate: 2017-03-31
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
  • Tuberculosis diagnostic technology: an African solution … think rats

    • Authors: Christiaan Mulder, Georgies Mgode, Stewart E. Reid
      Abstract: No abstract available.
      PubDate: 2017-03-31
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
  • Stronger tuberculosis laboratory networks and services in Africa essential
           to ending tuberculosis

    • Authors: Philip C. Onyebujoh, Ajay K. Thirumala, Amy Piatek
      Abstract: No abstract available.

      PubDate: 2017-03-31
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
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