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Participants from Gauteng Radio Stations

Gauteng community radio stations have pledged to raise awareness about tuberculosis (TB) in their communities.
The community radio stations participated in a one day workshop that was hosted by the USAID TB CARE II South Africa Project in collaboration with the Department of Health in Johannesburg in July.

The workshop was aimed at sensitising the media on the Mass TB Screening Campaign which is being undertaken by country.

Radio stations that were represented were Thetha FM, Alex FM, Jozi FM, Diepsloot Radio, Sedibeng FM, Eldos FM, MAMS FM and Vaal FM.

They were joined by five community based organisations from the communities within which they broadcast.
The workshop programme included a presentation on the campaign, training on health reporting and challenges thereof. Moreover, they were trained on Basic TB Management from which they were made to understand what TB was and its burden in the country.

They were expected to use information received to develop strategies on how to structure their programming in order to incorporate TB messages and helping to combating TB in their communities.

Ms. Lerato Legoabe, who is the project Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilisation (ASCM) Advisor gave a background on the campaign. She showed that community radio listenership was increasing making them a key partner in the fight against TB.

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.

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.

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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