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.
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.
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.
This report provides an evaluation of an 18-month quality improvement intervention supported by the USAID-funded Quality Assurance Project (QAP) and its successor, the Health Care Improvement (HCI) Project, in Thai Binh Province of Vietnam. The province, located in the Red River’s Delta in northern Vietnam, has 1.8 million population, an annual TB case load of 1600–1800 cases, and an cumulative number of 2188 HIV-infected cases.
In 2011, TB CARE II developed and disseminated two tools that address TB case finding and comprehensive HIV care within the antenatal care setting. The Focused Antenatal Care + Tool (FANC+ Tool) and fundal height