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By Stan Rogers
ASHGABAT – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) plans to launch in January 2011 an ambitious aid programme for Tajik tuberculosis (TB) patients, according to a WFP statement published November 17 by Asiaplus.tj.
The WFP will begin a three-year, US $7m campaign of giving wheat flour, vegetable oil, split peas and salt to every TB patient registered in the Directly Observed Treatment, Short Course (DOTS) programme. Family members will also receive food if their primary income source is too sick to work.
The food is meant to help weakened patients regain strength and to encourage them to complete the six-month drug treatment for TB.