In 2015, USAID TB CARE II project began an initiative to address TB in miners in the Southern African Region. The overall objective is to improve detection and management of TB and other co-morbidities among the mine workers and their families. This would also help to control the spread of TB and reduce new incidences of TB.
Zimbabwe is classified by WHO as a high burden TB and high burden HIV country. TB incidence was 278 per 100,000 and 68% of TB patients in 2014 were co-infected with HIV. In 2012, CPT and ART uptake in Zimbabwe were very low – with only 26% of HIV-positive TB patients on CPT and 18% on ART. In 2014, marked improvements were seen with 94% of HIV-positive TB patients on CPT and 86% on ART.
Scaling-Up Coordinated TB/HIV Treatment