Tuberculosis

Since 1990, URC has worked with 24 of the 30 countries which collectively represent 80% of the global TB burden to combat TB. URC TB programs work with ministries of health, private health providers, and communities to reduce the burden of TB and save lives.

URC TB programs help improve:

  • Case detection, testing, and tracking;
  • Treatment success rates for TB and drug-resistant TB;
  • Community participation in TB prevention, care, and support.

URC has led programs in more than 24 countries, including 11 World Health Organization high-TB burden countries. From 2016 through 2019, URC-led programs detected nearly 600,000 TB cases, saved nearly 500,000 lives, and reached more than 45 million people through social behavior change communication campaigns and other outreach.

One key tactic is the Finding TB Actively, Separating safely, and Treating effectively (FAST) approach, which includes actively seeking and identifying hospital visitors, patients, and health care workers with TB symptoms, testing them, and educating them about TB. FAST promotes early diagnosis and effective treatment of TB patients as the best two ways to reduce the spread of the disease, especially among health care workers, who are at higher risk of infection. URC is implementing FAST via projects in Uganda, South Africa, the Philippines, and elsewhere.

To learn more about URC's expertise and recent project work in TB, please read our brief.

 

The USAID TB South Africa Project has taken the lead assisting facilities with the upgrade of the national facility patient reporting system, TIER.net.