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URC projects celebrate World TB Day with action and hope
URC's projects have united with country leaders, community health care workers, and TB patients to end TB. Below is a selection of our activities to mark World TB Day, 2016.
Parliamentary meeting in Georgia marks World TB Day
The Parliament of Georgia, in collaboration with the USAID Tuberculosis Prevention Project in Georgia, is organizing a conference to mark World TB Day on March 24. This event will address challenges and opportunities for achieving the End TB strategy targets by 2035.
The Parliament of Georgia is a signatory to the Barcelona Declaration, which calls for countries to unite against TB. The conference will host members of governmental and nongovernmental organizations involved in the National TB Program, as well as US government officials.
Georgian artists were invited to create special works of art to commemorate World TB Day, which will be displayed at the Parliament building in the exhibit, “Georgian artists join global END TB movement,” following the conference. (Click here to view an online gallery of the artists' work.)
TPP in WHO Compendium of Good Practices
The TPP in Georgia works every day to end TB: two examples of their work were included in the WHO Regional Office for Europe compendium, which provides 45 examples of good practices in addressing TB and drug-resistant TB from 21 countries.
TB CARE II South Africa’s goal: “We Beat TB!”
TB CARE II South Africa has been raising awareness about the prevention, detection, and treatment of TB this March through community education events and TB screenings. Some highlights include:
- A TB Awareness fun walk in Matlosana, North-West combines TB messaging with other health messages
- Community outreach activities in the Steenbokpan community educates children and their families about the symptoms and treatments of TB
- A three-day TB and HIV health awareness campaign at Medupi Power Station helps raise awareness about TB within the mining community
TB CARE II South Africa also developed “We Beat TB Meningitis,” a 20-minute documentary used to raise awareness about the effect of TB in children, specifically TB Meningitis. This video, produced in December, 2015, is used to educate nursing staff, parents, and newly-diagnosed TB patients about the symptoms and risks of TB Meningitis, especially in children under age five.
USAID’s Exposure story, “A Day in the Life of Buddy,” published in January, 2016, offers a glimpse into Buddy’s work at Brooklyn Chest Hospital in Cape Town, where he lifts the spirits of young patients undergoing the long and tedious treatment for TB. Buddy is part of South Africa’s nation-wide effort to end TB by creating awareness and educating the community.
Study: TB screening for pregnant women (Swaziland)
In Swaziland, the USAID ASSIST Project, in collaboration with the MOH, is conducting operational research for TB screening among pregnant women. The study evaluates the sensitivity and specificity of the current TB screening tool for pregnant and lactating women (both HIV infected and not) as well as the additional benefits of adding screening diagnostics like the IGRA and a chest x-ray. Data collection is ongoing.
It is anticipated that this study will assist in identifying of the most sensitive screening algorithm for pregnant and lactating women in Swaziland that maximizes the number of true cases detected to l facilitate timely diagnosis and initiation of TB treatment. This, in turn, will help to improve maternal and child health outcomes in the country.
In Uganda, integrating gender improves outcomes for TB/HIV patients
In this short video, Dr. Taroub Harb Faramand of WI-HER, LLC discusses a USAID ASSIST TB/HIV project in Uganda to illustrate how integrating gender in improvement activities helps close gaps in outcomes between females and males. She describes that we can only truly improve quality of care for all patients when the different needs of men, women, boys, and girls are explicitly recognized and addressed by providers, facilities, and systems. Watch: How Gender Considerations in Improvement World Leads to Better Outcomes (TB/HIV
Translating research into action on TB
In Bangladesh, the USAID | TRAction project is working to address key challenges that threaten to hinder the country’s progress in its fight against Tuberculosis. Through TRAction, six implementation research studies focused on Tuberculosis (TB) have been supported. These research studies include efforts to increase case detection in rural areas; scaling up management of childhood TB; interventions targeted at slum populations; scaling up screening and detection of TB in prison populations; studying the effects of nutrition education and micronutrient supplements on TB patients; and the use of a Gene Xpert technology to increase case detection of hard-to-detect TB cases and drug resistant strains.
TB and noncommunicable diseases
The Sanofi TB-DM Project South Africa improved management of patients with TB-DM comorbidities in select provinces in South Africa. The project worked to strengthen health care workers’ skills/practices for diagnosis and case management of TB and diabetes mellitus, while increasing patients’ awareness about the prevention and control of TB and diabetes.
In Pennsylvania, the Community Outreach Project on TB, HIV and NCDs in Pennsylvania educated the community about the risks surrounding TB and noncommunicable diseases. The project connected with 3,202 community members through 380 outreach activities.