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.