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On September 18, 2014 the USAID Tuberculosis (TB) Program South Africa, in collaboration with the Department of Health and University of Pretoria, hosted a one-day seminar to address the diagnosis of TB in children, bringing together 80 experts at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria.

The theme of the event, “Childhood TB: The Elephant in the Room”, aptly captures the nature of pediatric TB – overlooked in the past but increasingly recognized as an important challenge for National TB Control Programs to address.

The first session focused on current gaps in diagnosis of TB in children, as well as progress made to date. Participants discussed the South African TB diagnostic algorithm, and the impact of Xpert MTB/RIF rapid testing technology (GeneXpert) on diagnosis of pediatric TB. Diagnosis of TB in children occurs most easily when health care workers ask the right questions; however, it was agreed that additional training and support of health care workers is needed to ensure they know the right questions to ask and what to do with that information.

The second session built off lessons learned during the National Diagnostics Summit held in November 2013, and addressed key issues of regulation and standardization, access and affordability, priorities for operational research, and development of public-private partnerships to further support the development of TB diagnostics.

The USAID Tuberculosis (TB) Program South Africa is issuing a request for quotes (RFQ) for media planning and booking of Out of Home Media for a Communication Campaign on Tuberculosis (TB).

The term "out-of-home media" refers collectively to all forms of media outside the home that carry advertising messages for consumer audiences. This term encompasses many things; from the large bulletins and posters we encounter on streets and highways to the panels we see near stores, on transit vehicles, rail or subway platforms, on bus shelters, in airports, and in shopping malls.

We are seeking an organization for planning, negotiating and buying Out of Home media time. The services are required for sourcing of varied forms of media (community activations that include transit media) to form a backdrop in support of the project’s national media (radio and television) campaign - WE Beat TB.

Please download the...

The USAID Tuberculosis (TB) Program South Africa is issuing a request for quotes (RFQ) for media planning, and booking television and radio air time for our Communication Campaign on TB.

We are looking for selected group(s) to buy media time for placing public service announcements (PSAs) covering targeted TB messages during specific times on radio and television.

Please download the full RFQ for more information.

All questions regarding this must be submitted by October 28, 2014 .

Submission deadline: October 31,2014.

Please contact Ms. Lerato Legoabe for more information: leratol@urc-sa.com and also cc Ms. Manith Hang mhang@urc-chs.com.

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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