Operational Aspects of Bedaquiline Implementation in Swaziland: Report from the Field

Journal Article
  • D. Vambe
  • T. Dlamini
  • J. Furin
  • C. Gracia-Edwards
  • K. Keus
  • K. Kunene
  • A. Shabangu
  • S. N. Dlamini
  • W. Sikhondze
Public Health Action
2017; Vol. 7 (3): 240-42(3). https://doi.org/10.5588/pha.17.0054.

Bedaquiline (BDQ) has been recommended by the World Health Organization for the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) since 2013, but experience using the drug in high-burden, lower-income countries is limited and case studies are needed. Swaziland started using BDQ under national TB programme conditions in 2015 in four pilot sites. As of 1 December 2016, 93 patients had been initiated on BDQ, i.e., 19% of MDR-TB patients treated in the country. Swaziland has developed a systematic and efficient model for BDQ introduction in collaboration with several partners. This model is also being used to introduce other innovations and can serve as an example for other countries facing similar challenges.