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Madam Bongi Ngema-Zuma at the TB Program South Africa booth

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. As a show of support for joint efforts to fight TB and diabetes, both the First Lady and the local mayor of Tsakane were publicly screened for TB at the USAID TB Program South Africa exhibition stand.

The USAID TB Program South Africa is currently launching a pilot program to further explore and document the relationship between TB and diabetes in South Africa. The goal of this pilot is to provide national policymakers with guidance on how to address TB/diabetes co-morbidity.

On Friday, December 19, the USAID TB Program South Africa and the Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) Department of Health will jointly host a public event to mark 10 years of partnership and progress in the fight against TB in the province. The event, entitled “Reaping the rewards of our labour in the fight against TB,” will honour the crucial role that health care workers and community-based organizations have played in the TB response.

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/tbsouthafrica.org/files/USAIDTBProgramSAGranteeSpotlight_Rv2.pdf.

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