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Community Members getting screened for TB during at an activation.

In August 2015, the USAID TB CARE II Project in South Africa assisted the National Department of Health (NDoH) in increasing the demand for TB services by hosting six community activation events.

The events were a collaborative effort between the Project, the NDoH, and Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies with the goal of sensitising the public to the dangers of TB and increasing the overall demand for TB services.

This effort was undertaken as part of the Mass TB Screening campaign, announced by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in March 2015 during the World TB Day commemoration. The campaign is part of the Department of Health’s 90-90-90 strategy to combat TB in South Africa, an ambitious treatment target which seeks to screen 90 percent of the population, initiate 90 of those diagnosed with TB onto treatment, and achieve 90 percent treatment success for those initiated.

In an effort to support this goal, the project contributed to the successful implementation of community activations in four provinces: Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Eastern Cape.

The activations received overwhelming support from participants, and, encouragingly, community members have shown eagerness not only to participate, but also to utilise services provided on the day of the activation.

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.

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.

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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