TB CARE II LAUNCHES COUNTRY PROGRAM IN SOUTH AFRICA FOR FY2015

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TB CARE II is excited to announce that it will be expanding its field support presence into South Africa for FY2015.  TB CARE II will build on the activities and approaches utilized by the USAID TB Program South Africa, also implemented by University Research Co., LLC (URC), which from 2009-2014 has supported the National Department of Health (NDOH) in improving early case detection, increasing access to diagnostics, ensuring treatment support for patients on TB treatment and ensuring that there is provision of appropriate and timely HIV care for TB patients and ART treatment for all TB/HIV co-infected patients. 

TB CARE II will work nationwide, targeting high priority TB districts. Project strategies for further developing sustainable systems which can carry forward long term TB diagnosis, treatment and care include:

Employing a multi-sectoral approach for controlling TB: TB CARE II will work with the National/Provincial Departments of Health and integrate this work with other relevant government agencies including departments of Minerals and Energy, Social Development, Education, the mining sector, Department of Correctional Services, and other businesses whose workforce is highly susceptible to TB.

Integrating TB with other high priority services: TB CARE II will strengthen active TB screening among people living with HIV, pregnant women, children, and health workers, among other at-risk groups.  Through the school health system, TB CARE II will work with expand school-based health programs to cover TB prevention among children and teachers in schools.

Expanding community participation and support:  The TB South Africa project has funded over 75 local NGOs across all provinces in expanding access to quality TB services in the country.  TB CARE II will continue to support these and other NGOs to further expand access to TB, TB/HIV and DR TB services to at risk and other vulnerable populations. 

Integrating TB with the National Health Insurance Plan:  TB CARE II will work with NDOH to develop strategies to integrate TB with the recently developed national health insurance strategy that is being implemented in 10 districts.