ISLAMABAD - The National TB Control Programme added two new big achievements in its profile by launching a National Document 'Quality Assurance Manual' and software for NTP here on Thursday. The Document titled 'Quality Assurance Manual' (Strategic Behavioural and Interpersonal Communications) has been developed to have a national guideline on Quality Assurance of Inter Personal Communication on TB. The document will be useful in capacity building of the healthcare providers on improving quality of interpersonal communications between TB client and TB services providers. The National TB Control Programme in collaboration with Provincial Control Programmes; Mercy Corps Pakistan and other partners has developed quality assurance manual. The first of its kind software for any mega health project "National ACSM Logistics and Management Information System" will help accessing data from district level to national level. The Federal Health Minister Mir Aijaz Hussain Jhakhrani formally launched the national document and software prepared by National TB programme. Speaking on the occasion, he termed tuberculosis as a major public health problem in Pakistan as every year almost 300,000 new TB patients add up to existent prevalent cases. "Though Pakistan has achieved the outcome target indicators of Millennium Development Goals, that is detection of TB at 70 per cent and successful treatment of 85 per cent cases but still efforts are needed to decrease number of TB cases in Pakistan," he added. "Drug resistance TB, enhancing Public-Private Partnership and strengthening of diagnostic services are some of the issues that needed to be dealt effectively," he maintained. The minister also announced launching of awareness campaign prior to the TB Day falling on 24th March. The campaign designed by National TB Programme will be undertaken on March 11th 2009. Beside that a number of activities will be carried out from 23rd to 26 March. Giving a brief description of the awareness drive, he said "One Voice" campaign would focus on branding and increased demand creation for TB information, product and services throughout Pakistan. He said, "The camping will be undertaken from March 11 and more than 500,000 children and youth will be engaged from all over Pakistan in numerous stop TB activities. "Activities will include advocacy meetings with teachers, messages on TB in school assemblies, walks, essays and poster competitions, sport activities at districts and provincial levels," he added. A mega event will be organised on March 11, where large numbers of students would be gathered in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in order to educate and sensitised them on TB. During one-week campaign World TB Day 2009, NTB has planned to organise, National Advocacy seminars with key stakeholders, print electronic campaign, branding of markets and prominent places will be a part of this national awareness drive against TB. After declaring TB a National Emergency in 2001 the government has treated more than 800,000 TB cases in the country". WHO representative Khalif Bile, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Mahreen Jabbar and National TB Control Programme Manager also attended the gathering.