Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
A People-Centered Approach to Tuberculosis (TB)September 2012

Highlights

New Screening Protocol Betters TB Care for Pregnant Women and Newborns in Tanzania  


New Screening Protocol Betters TB Care for Pregnant Women and Newborns in Tanzania Standard operating procedures for tuberculosis (TB) care are helping improve health outcomes for pregnant women and newborns in the Arusha region of Tanzania. Read more.

Posters and Jobs Aids Improve TB Case Detection in Tanzania  


Rates of TB diagnosis have more than tripled in clinics in the Arusha and Meru Districts of Tanzania, thanks to a pilot project that developed new tools for diagnosis and TB education. Read more.

Improving Tuberculosis Detection in Democratic Republic of the Congo 


Improving Tuberculosis Detection in Democratic Republic of the Congo Efforts are underway to improve the basic health conditions of the Congolese people in four provinces, including increasing care and treatment of TB, through the USAID-funded Democratic Republic of Congo-Integrated Health Project (DRC-IHP), led by MSH and partners. Recently, DRC-IHP offered training in the "Directly Observed Treatment, Short-Course" (DOTS) approach, the globally endorsed approach by all major health organizations, for health workers in Lubudi health zone. Read more.

Centralizing Supply Chain Systems for Tuberculosis Medicines in Uganda  


Thanks to a Ministry of Health and National Medical Store collaboration, Uganda is well on its way to centralizing supply chain processes and information systems for management of TB medicines, coordinated by USAID's Securing Ugandans' Right for Essential Medicines (Uganda SURE) Program, led by MSH.
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A Calling to Care for the Sick and Weak  


A Calling To Care for the Sick and Weak "Kwa dawa ya TB unatembea mpaka upate (You should never give up when searching for anti-TB medicines)." This is the advice that Esther Wahome, a registered community health nurse in a Kenyan health facility, gives to clients when they come to her TB clinic.
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SIAPS Co-Hosting Pharmaceutical Management Workshop at Union World 2012 Conference 


At this year's 43rd Union World Conference on Lung Disease, the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, led by MSH, will be holding a one-day workshop, in collaboration with Stop TB Partnership's Global Drug Facility, on Transitioning to Sustainable Pharmaceutical Management Systems for TB.  Read more.

Sample Collection and Transportation System Enables Non-Diagnostic Health Centers to Diagnose TB  


Sample Collection and Transportation System Enables Non-Diagnostic Health Centers to Diagnose TB A sputum sample collection and transportation project supported by the USAID/PEPFAR-funded project, Help Ethiopia Address the Low TB Performance (HEAL TB), led by MSH, allows non-diagnostic health facilities in East Gojam Zone to send samples to facilities with microscopes for testing. Read more.

Advancing TB Detection and Care through Staff Training and Mentorship in South Wollo, Ethiopia  


Advancing TB Detection and Care through Staff Training and Mentorship in South Wollo, Ethiopia After just nine months of training and mentorship on comprehensive care for TB, screening of outpatients for TB has skyrocketed from 2 to 92 percent at a health center in South Wollo, Ethiopia. Read more.


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Increasing TB Case Detection Rates in Six African Countries: A Conversation with Dr. Eliud Wandwalo  

 

Increasing TB Case Detection Rates in Six African Countries: A Conversation with Dr. Eliud Wandwalo MSH spoke with Dr. Eliud Wandwalo, an MSH Regional TB Advisor for Africa, about meeting TB challenges through a patient-centered approach in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Tanzania.

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More MSH News

MSH to Participate at Union World 2012 and Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research   

MSH delegates from around the world will be heading to China and Malaysia for two key global health conferences this fall.
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Recovering Proudly from Obstetric Fistula in DRC   

Meet Nehema, one of several Congolese woman benefiting from fistula repair in Sud Kivu province, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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Game-Changing Solutions Needed to Reduce Deaths from Chronic Diseases  

Dr. Gloria Sangiwa blogs on the one-year anniversary of the UN High-Level Meeting on noncommunicable diseases about the solutions needed to tackle chronic diseases.
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VIDEO: Uganda SURE Program Overview
After successfully completing the first training, medicines management supervisors receive a motorcycle (and a driving lesson) to visit facilities.

The USAID-funded, Securing Ugandans' Right for Essential Medicines (Uganda SURE) Program, led by MSH, aims to ensure that the people of Uganda have access to quality essential medicines and health supplies by strengthening the national pharmaceutical supply system.
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"Tuberculosis (TB) has been affecting humans since prehistoric times, and the key to effective TB control may be just as old: people themselves," blogs MSH President Dr. Jonathan Quick.

"Putting people at the center of TB control efforts -- building their capacity to manage TB efficiently and reaching those who are most vulnerable to TB -- can make all the difference."

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TB CARE I

TB CARE I aims to decrease morbidity and mortality by increasing case detection and treatment success of pulmonary TB patients in USAID priority countries.

Led by KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation with partners including MSH, TB CARE I is USAID's five-year cooperative agreement (2010-2015).


Education and Integration Helping Technicians Improve TB Services in South Sudan Education and Integration Helping Technicians Improve TB Services in South Sudan
In South Sudan, USAID's TB CARE I project is supporting the ministry of health in improving TB services at facilities, such as Yei Civil Hospital, where laboratory technicians are trained to integrate TB diagnosis into routine services.
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Standard Operating Procedures Enhance TB Case Detection in Ethiopia
USAID's TB CARE I project is conducting a pilot study in 28 health facilities in Ethiopia to roll out standard operating procedures (SOPs) for improved tuberculosis diagnosis, treatment, and care.
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