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The USAID TB CARE II stall provided TB screening services during the World TB day commemoration in Lephalale

World TB Month was an exciting month for the TB CARE II South Africa Project! In order to promote TB awareness and prevention, the project conducted a series of community activations and a massive TB screening campaigns. This campaign was conducted in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, and Western Cape.

A total of 18 activations were conducted during the World TB Month. Many of these were to focus in Limpopo province where the National World TB Day commemoration was going to take place. The aim was to use most of the activations to mobilize communities in and around Lephalale for the national event. The majority of activations were undertaken in Limpopo. Other provinces that staged activations were Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, and Western Cape.

If you would like to read more about the successes of the massive TB screening campaign, please see the project's Massive TB Screening Campaign Report.

Our caped crusader strikes again! Buddy the Cat is a hero to children in South Africa.

Children receiving treatment for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis at Sizwe Hospital in Gauteng Province, South Africa, were recently introduced to their new superhero, Buddy.

A group of children admitted at the hospital were in a jovial mood as they came face-to-face with Buddy, a mascot developed by the children along with those from Brooklyn Chest and Brewelsklof Hopitals in the Western Cape. His mission: aiding their treatment journey.

Through its partnership with the Western Cape’s Department of Health, the USAID TB CARE II South Africa conceptualized Buddy to improve patient adherence and treatment outcomes in child TB patients. He is designed to promote understanding of the illness, help children express their worries and assist them in becoming more at ease in the hospital surroundings.

The TB CARE II South Africa project has developed a 20 minute documentary that is being used to raise awareness about the effect of TB in children, specifically TB Meningitis. The aim of this video is to educate nursing staff, parents and newly-diagnosed TB patients to understand the symptoms and risks of TB Meningitis, especially in children under age five.

The video can be seen here:

There is also a brief video on the TB and Meningitis symptoms. This can be seen here:

These videos are made possible by the support of the American People through USAID. The contents of these videos are the sole responsibility of URC and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United...

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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.


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