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HTC Revitalisation Launch and Cancer Awareness Campaign in NW Province

The USAID TB Program South Africa recently supported two events hosted by the Department of Health aimed at reaching key sectors of society in the fight against tuberculosis.

The first event, ‘HTC Revitalisation Launch and Cancer Awareness’ targeted traditional leaders and politicians and was held November 1 in North West Province. Among the featured speakers was North West Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Health, Dr. Magome Masike, who urged leaders to be tested for HIV and screened for TB at least once per year. By doing so, he said, he would be helping the government to combat TB and HIV by serving as examples of healthy behavior for their respective communities.

A representative of traditional leaders said they regarded themselves as part of the Department of Health and were therefore were equal partners in promoting healthy living.

The second health event took place at Bree Taxi Rank in Johannesburg and was hosted in collaboration with the Department of Health and stakeholders from the taxi industry. Approximately 5000 taxi drivers attended. October was National Transport Month, which served as an opportunity to highlight the role taxi drivers can play in delivering healthy messages regarding TB and HIV to the people they transport every day. The keynote speaker, Gauteng MEC for Transport Dr. Ismail Vadi, said that industry engagement in healthy living must extend beyond Transport Month to the rest of the year.

The USAID TB Program South Africa once again had a significant present at this year’s Union World Conference on Lung Health, which is being held in Barcelona, Spain from October 28 – November 1, 2014.

The theme for this year’s event - Community-Driven Solutions for the Next Generation – aptly reflects the work that TB Program South Africa has accomplished over the past five years in engaging community organizations and health workers from across the health system in in effective TB prevention, control, care, and treatment programs.

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.

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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