July 2012

Story Managing TB in the Mining Sector in South Africa

South Africa reports one of the highest number of TB cases in the world with over 400,000 cases per year. The mining sector contributes significantly to this high burden with an estimated TB incidence of 3-7,000 cases/100,000 population, which is three times higher than the estimated country average of 980/100,000 population.

In Limpopo Province, a meeting was recently held to address this issue.  The Public Private Mix (PPM) meeting included stakeholders from the mining sector and the private sector in order to advocate for small to medium mines to adopt TB/HIV policies, and for larger mines to strengthen their workplace TB/HIV programs.  Please visit the TB South Africa Project site to learn more.  

09 Jan 2013 11:08
Story Reducing Delays in TB Diagnosis: Data Collection Tools to evaluate the cause and frequency of TB delays

Understanding and identifying the causes of delays in diagnosis and treatment initiation are critical to strengthening TB control programs overall. Passive case finding approaches which are prevalent in many TB programs perpetuate delays by failing both to ensure that the health system regularly captures TB suspects and also by failing to engage the population in understanding their own TB risk, and to build awareness of when and where to seek out TB services.

09 Jan 2013 11:19
Story TB CARE II staff work with vulnerable MDR TB patients in Malawi

Read a story about Zefa, a Malawian woman with MDR TB who gained access to treatment through TB CARE II: "A difficult disease under challenging circumstances."


09 Jan 2013 11:44
Story TB CARE II Bangladesh Participates in America Week

TB CARE II Bangladesh Booth

 America Week -- Chittagong, Bangladesh

Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy of Bangladesh, America Week was a three-day event from January 30 to February 1, 2012, organized in Chittagong, a port city and the the second largest city in Bangladesh. “Moving Forward Together” was the theme of the Week that showcased U.S. Embassy work in Bangladesh including USAID supported activities in the country. The U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, Mr. Dan Mozena, and the Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation Mr. Manjur Alam inaugurated the event.

09 Jan 2013 11:34
Story TB CARE II addresses the need for stronger TB services for expectant mothers
In 2009 there were an estimated 9.4 million incident cases of TB, yet only 5.8 million cases were notified, providing evidence of the need for improved case finding as a first step to decreasing the global burden of this airborne disease. TB is the leading cause of death for people living with HIV globally and over 60 percent of people living with HIV in Africa are women. New strategies to address TB/HIV co-infection in adults and children are urgently needed, particularly in high burden countries. HIV/AIDS contributed to 9% of all maternal deaths in sub-Saharan Africa in 2008, and TB is the third leading cause of death in women of reproductive age worldwide, therefore TB/HIV must be elevated as a women’s health issue if Millennium Development Goals 5 and 6 are to be met. Lack of prompt diagnosis and access to treatment for both diseases in women has an additional impact on the wellbeing of children, impacting ability to achieve MDG 4 targets as well.
17 Apr 2013 16:31
Story TB CARE II introduces new manual: "Community-Based Care for drug-Resistant TB – A Guide for Implementers"
Report coverMany countries are in the process of establishing or scaling up treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR TB). Effectively scaling up treatment will require addressing health systems–related issues, such as task shifting to alleviate human resources shortages and greater community engagement.
A principal challenge in establishing or scaling up treatment of DR TB is deciding what model of care to implement. A crucial step is bridging the gap between the hospital and the community to ensure continuity of care. For DR TB treatment to be truly patient-centered, patients must be supported in their homes and communities.
The USAID TB CARE II project, with support from Partners In Health, collaborated with Ministries of Health and National TB Program managers in Southern, West, and Central Africa, along with NGOs and other TB stakeholders to develop this guide on introducing and managing programs for community-based DR TB care. This guide provides practical, step-by-step guidance on how to organize, implement, and monitor community based care for DR TB. It is equally useful for program planning or supervision. The target audience for this guide is TB Program Managers, governments, policy makers, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), donors and TB advocates.

09 Jan 2013 11:39