Strengthening TB Case Detection and Treatment and TB-HIV Coordinated Activities

Overview

URC is testing innovations to increase early case detection and reduce the TB burden in the target district. The work was initiated as part of the Quality Assurance Project and continues under the Health Care Improvement Project, both funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Key Activities

  • Build capacity among public and private health sector providers in identifying TB suspects and referring them to TB service facilities
  • Strengthen TB case management 
  • Increase private sector involvement in expanding access to TB facilities
  • Strengthen the role of opinion leaders in early detection of TB cases
  • Support TB integration with antenatal care and maternal and child health services
  • Provide ongoing mentoring and support
  • Improve infection prevention and control in TB settings

Achievements

Health worker training and community mobilization resulted in small increases in screening of new TB suspects (2%) and conversion rates or follow-up visits (5%). Adding community-based sputum collection has contributed to impressive changes in two indicators: a 64% increase in screening new TB suspects and a 43% increase in the case detection rate.

URC gives a workshop for community leaders and members to raise TB awareness
Duration
2007 to present
Funders 
University Research Co., LLC (URC)
Regions/ Countries 
Geographic Scope 
Rangareddy district in Andhra Pradesh