TB CARE II supports health systems improvement through our country programs, emphasizing management capacity building,
integration, and results-oriented process improvement.
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.
The DR-TB Training Network team has recently published three self-study activities on the website. We welcome feedback from partners on these activities while we work on expanding the selection. The activities complement existing resources on the website and can be accessed here: https://drtbnetwork.org/self-study-tools.
Bangladesh is a low income country with the population of 150.5 million. TB remains a major public health problem in Bangladesh: the country is among both high TB and high MDR-TB burden countries. More than 170,000 cases of TB including 106,790 smear positives were notified in 2012. Approximately, 70,000 people die from TB every year. The estimated MDR-TB burden is 1.4% among the new and 29% among the retreatment cases. (WHO World TB report 2013).
The TB CARE II Project has created a package of infection control strategy materials entitle the FAST TB Infection Control Strategy Core Package. FAST can be used by health care workers as a job aid, assisting them in focusing in on effective treatment of TB to reduce transmission. Additionally, policy makers can use the materials in this package as a framework for allocating resources to interventions that will have the greatest impact on reducing TB transmission.
The FAST package is composed of a booklet, job aids, posters, and a button which serves as a visual reminder to staff and patients of the importance of this strategy in TB control. FAST can be implemented in both general and TB specific medical settings.
Please visit the DR TB Training Network website to read more about the FAST Core Package and other tools for managing TB.
Malawi is a low income country with a population of about 15 million. TB remains a major public health problem in the country. According to the WHO World TB Report 2012, there were an estimated 29,000 new cases of TB (all forms) in the year 2011, and approximately 18,000 of these were HIV positive. The HIV pandemic presents a significant challenge to global TB control. The USAID TB CARE II Malawi project, launched in 2010, is a 5 year coordinated effort led by URC in collaboration with Project HOPE and PIH. The project assists the National TB Program in improving TB control and expanding access to high quality TB and TB/HIV services in the public sector. The project recently developed infographics designed to highlight project successes spanning the past 21 months.
The development of comprehensive approaches to protect healthcare workers from occupational risk of TB is greatly needed for high TB burden countries. Appropriate occupational safety policy frameworks and workers’ compensation schemes are essential to provide adequate mechanisms for mitigating TB burden among healthcare workers, as well as preservation of their mental, physical and emotional health.