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Midwife at the“No Women or Child in KZN Should Die from Preventable Causes”,

During a June summit in Hluhluwe, 300 midwives from Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) Province, South Africa pledged to play their role in fighting tuberculosis (TB) among children and pregnant women. The summit, entitled “No Women or Child in KZN Should Die from Preventable Causes”, was hosted by the Provincial Department of Health and supported by the USAID TB CARE II Project and other partners. It was designed to highlight how TB affects pregnant women and discuss the crucial role that midwives can play in reducing maternal morbidity and mortality.

Untreated TB can increase pregnancy complications and put women at greater risk of maternal morbidity due to miscarriage or abortion, post-partum haemorrhage, labour difficulties, and pre-eclampsia. The risk of maternal morbidity further increases in women who are also HIV positive.

At the event, TB CARE II distributed TB screening tools and patient smart cards for midwives to use in their work. The project also organized a walk to promote public awareness of the dangers of TB for mothers and children. Participants wore branded t-shirts and carried banners that further emphasized this message.

The USAID TB CARE II Project participated in the recent 7TH AIDS Conference that took place June 9-12, 2015 in Durban.
The project showcased its work in the country in supporting the government fight against tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS.
The project, managed by University Research Co., LLC (URC), had an exhibition stand at the event as well as participated in panel discussions and satellite events. The stand served as an information resource platform from which participants were briefed about the projects various components. Materials on display included technical briefs, smart cards, TB in the mines brochures and TB screening tools. Public service announcements on TB/HIV and TB in children were also broadcasted throughout the event.

On November 22, 2014 , the USAID TB Program South Africa hosted a TB/Diabetes exhibition in Tsakane, Gauteng Province to promote awareness of the dual burden of these diseases. The event was held in partnership with the Bongi Zuma Diabetes Foundation, which was established by South Africa’s First Lady in 2010 to drive the empowerment of women and children, rural development, education and health primarily with regards to diabetes and associated diseases. The cause is very personal to Madam Bongi Ngema-Zuma, who lost her mother to diabetes after 28 years living with the illness. Currently, more than 1.5 million South Africans are living with diabetes, and 4 million are at risk of developing diabetes in their lifetime. People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing TB, and TB patients with diabetes experience worse TB treatment outcomes and have a higher risk of death than those without diabetes.

Grantee Spotlight

Since 2009, TB Program South Africa has provided 85 grants to 67 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in all nine provinces in South Africa. The project is currently on its 4th wave of funding, and more grantees are being added all the time.

Many grantees have pioneered innovative models of service delivery and community outreach, such as injection teams for MDR-TB patients and door-to-door TB and HIV screening, which can serve as models for other organizations working to combat TB and TB/HIV throughout the country, particularly among vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations.

To learn more about the TB Program South Africa Small Grants Program, check out the grantee spotlight booklet here: http://tbsouthafrica.org/sites/default/files/USAIDTBProgramSAGranteeSpotlight_Rv2.pdf.

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