TB/HIV

TB CARE II works to link HIV and TB advocacy and to promote a unified response, and works with National TB and HIV/AIDS Programs
to integrate planning and service delivery mechanisms to effectively tackle the dual epidemics.

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

“Better Safe Than Sorry”: TB CARE II Malawi Promotes Active TB Screening among HIV-Positive Teachers and Learners

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In an effort to improve TB/HIV integration in the country, TB CARE II Malawi is collaborating with the Ministries of Health and Education to increase TB screening among HIV-positive school teachers and learners.   Working under the motto, “Better Safe than Sorry”, the campaign is encouraging HIV positive individuals to be screened routinely for TB – in order to identify and treat the disease early, rather than risk waiting to develop advanced TB disease. TB CARE II held sensitization and awareness sessions in Balaka, Machinga, and Ntcheu districts earlier this year.

Promoting Integrated TB/HIV Services Through One-Stop-Shop Model in Malawi

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Malawi has an HIV prevalence rate of 10.3% and a TB incidence rate of 163 per 100,000. Nearly 60% of TB patients are co-infected with HIV. TB is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV/AIDS. HIV-positive TB patients have worse treatment outcomes than HIV-negative TB patients, and TB-related mortality among TB/HIV co-infected patients is particularly high during the first two to three months of TB treatment. Early initiation of ART during TB treatment has been shown to improve survival. Despite high levels of TB/HIV

URC Participates in the 44th World Conference on Lung Health

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URC will again have a significant presence at this year’s Union World Conference on Lung Health from October 30–November 3 in Paris, France. In many of the 22 countries that account for more than 80% of TB cases worldwide, we are supporting national TB programs through innovative approaches to address systemic barriers to effective prevention and treatment. The conference provides an opportunity to share our TB work with thousands of health care professionals, researchers, and advocates.

Below is a list of our activities. We look forward to seeing you there or interacting with you on Twitter @urcchs using #LungHealth

- See more at: http://www.urc-chs.com/recent/news?newsItemID=374#sthash.9tWg43fj.dpuf

URC will again have a significant presence at this year’s Union World Conference on Lung Health from October 30–November 3 in Paris, France. In many of the 22 countries that account for more than 80% of TB cases worldwide, we are supporting national TB programs through innovative approaches to address systemic barriers to effective prevention and treatment. The conference provides an opportunity to share our TB work with thousands of health care professionals, researchers, and advocates.

Information and resources from URC’s TB projects in South Africa, Swaziland, Georgia, Malawi, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia and Cambodia will be on display, along with URC’s global TB CARE II project at the URC booth. 

Please see attached newsletter or visit the URC web page at http://www.urc-chs.com/recent/news?newsItemID=374 for more information.

 

Media Spotlight: TB CARE II Conference Featured in News Article

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The USAID funded TB CARE II Project, along with participants from the USAID TB Program South Africa, ILO, and the TB CARE I Project recently gathered together in Pretoria, South Africa to host a conference focused on improving the response to TB and TB/HIV workplace health in Southern Africa.  The conference brought together about 40 diverse stakeholders, from policy makers to members of businesses and civil society agencies, in the hopes of fostering creative discussions aimed at improving TB and TB/HIV related occupational health services.  These services include: prevention, treatment, care, and support services in workplace settings which pose a high risk of TB transmission for employees. 
 
In exciting news, the conference was featured in an article on Scoop.co.nz, an independent online news source based in New Zealand. The article, "Are Healthcare workers Tuberculosis Proof?" highlights several speakers at the conference, including Dr. Dalene von Delft who lost her hearing as a side effect of MDR TB treatment.
 
To read the entire article please click here

Second Time's the Charm

Stories From The Field

Md. Anwar Hossain is a 38-year old father of two who hails from the district of Narayanganj. As an engineer at one of Bangladesh’s many textile factories, Anwar prides himself in supporting his family and helping his two sons gain a quality education. Naturally, then, he was dismayed when he learned that he may no longer have the ability to take care of them.

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TB CARE II Malawi: Infographic

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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. 

 

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