AFCON marchers
AFCON marchers
Stop TB event
STOP TB event
KICK TB event
Delegates visiting the TB CARE II SA Booth

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.

Over 400 conference delegates visited the exhibition stand and sought information. Notably some delegates from various health care facilities in the country, especially KwaZulu-Natal, were keen to obtain TB posters and smart cards for their clinics. The TB CARE II South Africa Project distributed a total of 3000 posters and 2650 smart cards to delegates. Moreover, 500 infection control stickers were handed out to participants.

Delegates who visited the stand also took the opportunity to seek guidance on how to address some challenges they face delivering services. Others sought clarity on certain technical areas, and the project’s TB/HIV Technical and ACSM Advisors were at hand to respond to their queries.

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.

On December 1, 2014, the USAID TB Program South Africa joined partners in South Africa and around the world in commemorating World AIDS Day. In order to promote the global World AIDS Day theme Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections, zero deaths from AIDS-related illness, zero discrimination, the project was active both at the national and provincial levels, raising awareness of HIV/AIDS and encouraging all people to get tested and practice healthy behaviors. In Free State, in partnership with the Thabo Mofutsanyana Distric Health, the TB Program awarded trophies to the highest performing facilities in TB and HIV treatment and care outcomes. These awards were designed to recognize outstanding achievement, promote healthy competition among facilities, and fuel future efforts in the challenging field of TB and HIV/AIDS. In Eastern Cape, the TB Program South Africa participated in the provincial DOH event held at Gompo Stadium.

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.

IN THE NEWS

Read about Footballers for Life (F4L)