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A patient receives antiretroviral drugs and a TB preventive therapy refill at a routine clinic visit in East Central Uganda. Photo credit: USAID RHITES-EC
March 24, 2021

James, a fisherman, and his wife Catherine both are HIV-positive and have consistently maintained a suppressed viral load. Their three children are HIV-negative. In Burada village, Namayingo District, eastern Uganda, they are considered a model family because of their willingness to share with...

USAID Defeat TB Chief of Party Dr. Abel Nkolo speaking at the launch of the National TB Agenda for Operations and Implementation Research
March 24, 2021

URC’s USAID Defeat TB Project in Uganda formed an operations research department in September 2017 to increase research output from both the project and the project’s partner, the Uganda National TB and Leprosy Program (NTLP). The aim was to formulate and answer implementation research questions...

A participant wears a mask at an event to promote infection prevention control (IPC) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The TB South Africa Project (TBSAP) provided strong support for IPC measures at the facility level.  Photo credit: TBSAP
March 24, 2021

In March 2021, the USAID Tuberculosis South Africa Project (TBSAP) concluded a successful five years, rounding out 17 years of continuous technical assistance by URC to reduce the burden of tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa.

The USAID TB South Africa Project (TBSAP) has supported the rollout of a rapid test designed to address gaps in detecting TB in people living with HIV. TBSAP worked with 42 hospitals in 11 districts in five provinces: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal, and Limpopo. Photo credit: USAID TB South Africa Project
March 24, 2021

Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death in people living with HIV in South Africa, ending 42,000 lives in 2018. Underdiagnoses of TB is a key factor in this statistic: an estimated 50-60% of people with HIV who also are infected with TB eventually develop active TB.

Health care workers in Marawi, Philippines pose in front of a billboard with the TB education campaign "Ayos ka Lungs?" meaning “Are your lungs OK?” The USAID TB Platforms Project supported a wide range of efforts to ensure that TB services continued. Photo credit: TB Platforms
March 24, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted health care around the world, including efforts by URC projects to reduce the spread and human impact of tuberculosis (TB) and its drug-resistant strains. Mandatory transportation shutdowns, curfews, and social distancing measures – particularly early in the...

Maureen Shauket, URC Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer
March 08, 2021

URC is pleased to announce the appointment of Maureen Shauket as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Maureen comes to URC from USAID where she served as Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL). In that role, she oversaw PPL’s...

Young Professional Logisticians receive motorcycles and laptops provided by UNICEF to facilitate visits to their assigned districts in support of health product supply chain management. Photo credit: Arafath Imorou
March 01, 2021

Through its work in Benin on the USAID-funded Global Health Supply Chain - Francophone Technical Assistance Task Order (GHSC-TA Francophone TO) project, in collaboration with Chemonics International, the prime contractor, URC has contributed to the development and expansion of a Young...

Vice-Mayor Gian Sotto talks about the importance of strong families at a school in Quezon City. Photo credit: Quezon City Government
February 01, 2021

“The war on drugs is not in the streets – it is in our homes.” So says Gian Carlo Sotto, Vice-Mayor of Quezon City, the Philippines’ most populous city. In his view, family plays a critical role in the fight against illegal drugs. The influence of family on persons who use drugs (PWUDS), he says...

The TASO team data officer and counselor visiting the triplets at Amani Children’s Home
January 19, 2021

Christine, a 39-year-old subsistence farmer living in Nkombe Village, Mawoota Parish, East Central Uganda, is HIV positive. But her triplets – Nathan, Hudson, and Christopher – are HIV-negative. As an HIV-positive client, Christine belongs to the Bukatube Community Drug Distribution Point (CDDP...

Using COVID-19 precautions, the USAID Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao for Health (BARMMHealth) Project in the Philippines hosted a roundtable discussion in Cotabato City in July 2020 with gender and development coordinators.
January 11, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing the world out of business as usual. This includes U.S. development organizations, which will play a key role in getting coronavirus vaccines to many of the 5 billion people in low- and middle-income countries.