The Introducing New Tools Project, also called iNTP, is supported by USAID and the Stop TB Partnership to roll out cutting-edge innovations in diagnostics, treatments, and digital health technologies to strengthen TB care in high-burden countries.
Since 2021, the project has supported the upscaling of ultra-portable digital X-rays (the Delft Light portable backpack X-ray) and CAD (Computer-Aided Detection for Tuberculosis, CAD4TB) software in 7 countries for TB screening among hard-to-reach populations.
Through the Stop TB Partnership’s Global Drug Facility (GDF), Delft Imaging supports Bangladesh, DR Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, the Philippines, Uganda, and Vietnam with 55 Delft Light ultra-portable digital X-rays in backpacks and 63 CAD4TB perpetual licenses, as well as CAD4TBboxes for offline use. The project has a four-year horizon and features one year of initial and three years of extended warranty on all goods provided.
Our support includes installation, capacity building (180+ professionals trained), technical support and maintenance to ensure smooth and effective TB screening in the field. Moreover, the project has various refresher training sessions to facilitate continuous capacity building.
Making a difference
During the Union Conference on Lung Health of 2022, iNTP country partners shared their initial results using the Delft Light and CAD4TB:
Delft Light Backpack (DLB) portable digital X-ray for pre-diagnostic TB screening: results from a scale-up intervention in Nigeria conclude that Delft Light with CAD4TB helped improve access to TB screening among hard-to-reach and most at-risk populations. The study suggests that the intervention efficiently identified missing TB cases among these populations and recommended scaling up to more states in Nigeria.
Scaling up ultra-portable digital X-ray with computer-aided TB detection in Nigeria concludes that Delft Light with CAD4TB has significantly improved the ability of the TB program to take high-quality TB care to hard-to-reach and vulnerable/underserved populations.
Portable digital X-ray-driven community active case-finding for TB using a virtual radiologist-linkage platform in Nigeria concludes that Delft Light X-ray with CAD and digital virtual reporting platform in community ACF can optimise clinical TB diagnosis.
One-stop shop TB diagnostic package for active community case-finding: a pilot intervention during the 2022 World TB Day celebrations in Nigeria highlights the one-stop-shop approach combining Delft Light with CAD4TB and Truenat or TB LAMP for the same day TB diagnosis.
For more information, please visit The Introducing New Tools Project | Stop TB Partnership and the GDF Diagnostics, Medical Devices & Other Health Products Catalogue.
“The ultraportable digital X-ray with CAD has significantly improved to take high-quality TB care to hard-to-reach and vulnerable/underserved populations.” – KNCV Nigeria.
Implementing the iNTP project in Kenya was also covered in a newsletter of the Stop TB Partnership. Moreover, the Nigeria implementation within the iNTP project was covered in a similar newsletter.