News and Stories2018-04-11T23:32:16+00:00

TB/HIV IMPLEMENTATION AND INTEGRATION – FORMATION OF TB/HIV STRUCTURES AT DISTRICT LEVEL

Following successful formation of three District TB/HIV committees in Nsanje, Phalombe and Machinga in November, TB CARE II facilitated establishment of four more committees in Mzimba, Mangochi, Neno and Zomba districts. A total of 61 Health Care Workers (45 males, 16 females) participated in the orientation and formation of these committees in the four districts. In Machinga and Balaka the TB/HIV committees conducted their first meetings where they agreed

NEW FAST PROJECT IN VIETNAM

TB CARE II is excited to announce a new project in Vietnam.  With support from URC and Partners In Health, the National TB Program in Vietnam will introduce the FAST strategy to reduce TB transmission among both health care workers and patients in the healthcare facilities and in the community. FAST, an innovative approach developed by the TB CARE II project, assists health providers and facility managers to  Find

THE TB DESIGN ROSTER ON GHDONLINE.ORG

The TB Design Roster is a GHDonline-based tool for identifying TB Infection Control Consultants. Consultants can complete a profile with some basic information including where they work, area(s) of expertise and recent projects completed (or in progress) and clients can email consultants directly for more information and references. To-date, there are 13 consultants in the database. Partners are encouraged to share information about this resource with their infection control

TB CARE II HOSTS INSURANCE WORKSHOP IN THAILAND

The TB CARE II Project organized a workshop entitled Exploring the promise of improving access and delivery of TB services through insurance-based financing reforms in Bangkok, Thailand from September 18 -20, 2014.  The workshop provided a forum for information sharing and review of current systems for ensuring access to, and provision of, essential TB services and core public health functions in the context of universal health coverage financing reforms in Asian

TB CARE II BANGLADESH CELEBRATES ITS GRANTEES IN NEW SPOTLIGHT

As a component of the project, TB CARE II Bangladesh supports nongovernmental, community-based organizations (NGOs) in urban and rural areas with TB case notification rates below the national average to increase detection and management of TB and MDR TB services and to improve community knowledge and awareness of TB and MDR TB. The geographic coverage varied under different waves of grants as indicated in the table below.Since April 2012,

TB CARE II DR TB TRAINING COURSE HIGHLIGHTED BY CDC

In July 2014, CDC’s Find TB Resources named Adherence to MDR-TB Treatment: The 5 A’s of Patient Support, an online course developed by the DR-TB Training Network, as its Highlight of the Month (http://findtbresources.cdc.gov/newsletter/newsletter14July.html).  This online course discusses key principles and steps to facilitate treatment adherence for patients with MDR-TB. The five A's presented in the course are: assess, advise, agree, arrange, and assist. The DR-TB Training Network provides TB

TB CARE II HOSTS INSURANCE MEETING IN BANGKOK

The global drive for universal health coverage (UHC) provides important opportunities for strengthening TB control by emphasizing the need for more sustainable and effective funding models and the promotion of policies designed to improve universal access to high-quality diagnosis, care, and treatment.  In many countries, efforts to achieve UHC have taken the form of newly designed or expanded national and/or social health insurance programs. Currently, there are significant questions

ETHICS OF TB PREVENTION, CARE AND CONTROL: AN ASSESSMENT TOOL FOR NATIONAL TUBERCULOSIS PROGRAMMES

In 2010, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released Guidance on Ethics of Tuberculosis Prevention, Care and Control.  This guidance is meant to address all dilemmas related to the rights of TB patients, the community, TB programmes, and healthcare workers in the management of TB patients. The purpose of this tool is for programmes to assess themselves on topics covered in the WHO guidelines.  The tool will assist programmes in identifying

PROVIDING COMPREHENSIVE, PATIENT-CENTERED CARE: A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK FOR SOCIAL SUPPORT OF TB PATIENTS

TB disease occurs most often within the context of economic and social vulnerabilities, and patients receiving TB treatment frequently experience other psychological, social and economic problems that may interfere with their ability to complete treatment. An episode of TB may further exacerbate poverty or reduce a patient or family’s economic and social well-being, and even if cure is attained, the experience of TB can reinforce health and social disparities and

BEST PRACTICES IN DR-TB COMMUNITY CARE: DEVELOPMENT OF NATIONAL COMMUNITY-BASED DR-TB PLANS

WORKSHOP ON SEPTEMBER 11-13, 2017 IN PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA   The “Best Practices in DR-TB Community Care: Development of National Community-Based DR-TB Care Plans” workshop was held in Pretoria, South Africa on the 11 - 13 September 2017, as part of the USAID-funded TB CARE II project, managed by URC. This workshop presented current best practices in drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) community care and support, with the goal of developing