As part of the South African National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV/AIDS, STI and TB (2017-2022) goals to reach key and vulnerable populations with customized and targeted interventions, the USAID TB South Africa Project held a two-day key populations symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa (May 29-30, 2017). The symposium was arranged in collaboration with the National Department of Health (NDOH) and hosted more than 100 people each day. Key populations that were discussed included migrants (including miners and farmworkers), healthcare workers, household contacts of confirmed TB patients, and men. Activities included a dialogue and sharing of best practices among experts and key stakeholders on practical steps and action required to achieve the 90-90-90 TB targets. The two-day event resulted in a gap analysis with regards to TB prevention, case finding and treatment as well as the development of a key populations response framework.
South Africa is turning the tide against tuberculosis (TB) one province at a time. This is in part through support from TB programs funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).The recent TB 2016 and the 21st International AIDS Conferences in July provided a platform to showcase work being done in support of the South African National Department of Health (NDOH).The newly awarded USAID TB South Africa project showcased work that was done under its predecessor projects; the TB Project South Africa and TB Care II South Africa. Five (5) posters were presented at the TB 2016 Conference and two (2) posters were presented at the week-long AIDS Conference.Both events were in Durban, South Africa. TB 2016 posters were: • Impact of directly observed treatment support (DOTS) offered by local NGOs in Mahikeng, Ngaka Modiri Molema District, North West Province, South Africa between 2013 and 2014 • Improving the quality of data to improve TB treatment outcomes in sub-district A, Nelson Mandela Bay Health District, Eastern Cape, South Africa • Improving TB treatment outcomes in Matlosana and Ventersdorp sub-district health facilities in Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District from Quarter 3/2009 and Quarter 4/2014 • Introduction of TB services in correctional facilities in South Africa through a non-governmental organisation • Tackling tuberculosis in early childhood development centres in eThekwini Metro, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa AIDS 2016 Conference posters were: • A strategic response to TB at work: Call for a public-private-civil society mix in South Africa • The Role of behaviour change communication in improving community knowledge and practices on TB and HIV in South Africa Posters were well received during both the TB 2016 Conference and the AIDS 2016.