Tuberculosis: Our Impact

 {Photo credit: Giang Hoai Nguyen/MSH, Vietnam.}TB CARE I conducts on-site training to teach laboratory staff at Hanoi Lung Hospital how to safely package TB samples before shipping them to the national laboratory.Photo credit: Giang Hoai Nguyen/MSH, Vietnam.

Vietnam is one of 27 countries with the highest burden of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), a form of TB that is hard to treat and cannot be cured by at least two of the primary treatment drugs. Unfortunately, the country has just two national laboratories equipped for MDR-TB diagnosis. Until recently, health facility staff had to deliver patient specimens to the laboratories themselves—often requiring laboratory technicians to travel long distances over poor roads.

{Photo credit: MSH}L--R: Mayowa Joel Communication for Development Centre; Hor Sidua Coordinator of Universal Healthcare for All campaign, Ghana; Dr Stephen Karau, Country Director, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Kenya; Arije Adebisi, Director of Communications, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) Nigeria; Dr. David Olayemi, Senior Advocacy Manager, Save the ChildrenPhoto credit: MSH

Management Sciences for Health (MSH)  joined African civil society organizations (CSOs) at a side event  on July 2 of  the Abuja +12 meeting of African heads of governments. The groups   agreed that universal health coverage should be included in the  post-2015 development agenda.

Afghanistan is one of 22 countries that have been designated as having a high burden of tuberculosis (TB). Each year, roughly 11,000 Afghans die from TB--many of these deaths occur in rural regions where residents have limited access to TB screening and treatment.

The USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, led by Management Sciences for Health, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Stop TB partners, is co-hosting the 2nd Africa Tuberculosis (TB) Regional Conference on Management of TB Medicines in Zanzibar, Tanzania, from December 5 – 7, 2012.The Africa regional TB conference focuses on identifying and prioritizing country specific challenges for the management of TB medicines.

Juan-Carlos Alegre

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems have played a critical role in advancing the field of global health, from applying quantitative and qualitative methods in collecting and using health data, to informing decision making, applying rigorous evaluations in assessing program effectiveness, and designing and conducting operational research that address implementation challenges.

The Management Sciences for Health (MSH) global team of over 2,300 people from more than 70 nations is commemorating World AIDS Day 2012 in over 30 country offices around the world, including Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Afghanistan, Ethiopia, South Africa, Uganda, Haiti, and the United States.On World AIDS Day, MSH Nigeria, in collaboration with the Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership, Chevron, and Access Bank Plc, will be hosting a launch of the award-winning film titled “INSIDE STORY: The Science of HIV/AIDS” in Lagos, Nigeria.

Please join MSH and partners during these featured events at the 43rd Union World Conference on Lung Health.Follow the conference on Twitter @MSHHealthImpact with hashtag #Kuala2012.Health Systems Innovation through Pharmaceutical ManagementWorkshop 03: Transition to Sustainable Pharmaceutical Management Systems for TBWednesday, 14 November | 09:00–17:00 | Room 407Organized by MSH and the Global Drug Facility (GDF)MSH and the GDF will share experiences and strategies for improving systems and ensuring sustainability and quality of TB pharmaceutical services delivery.

Homa Bay TB team, MSF, and SIAPS collaboration. (Photo credit: MSH)Successful treatment of tuberculosis (TB) is one of the key indicators of a TB Control Program’s performance and essential to containing the emergence of anti-TB drug resistance. Multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) treatment requires medicines that are expensive, involve longer treatment regimens, are toxic, and can cause patients to have severe side effects.

Management Sciences for Health takes pride in announcing that on September 30, 2012, it was awarded a contract by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to continue its project Grant Management Solutions (GMS) with 25 partners. The initial three-year term of the new contract may be extended up to an additional two years, and has a ceiling value of $99.9 million.

Management Sciences for Health and its fellow Global AIDS Policy Partnership (GAPP) organizations wrote this letter to US Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby to thank him for the opportunity to provide input for the Blueprint for an AIDS-Free Generation, first announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 19th International AIDS Conference. The GAPP advocacy community is a unique coalition of civil society groups, implementing organizations, and faith-based groups.

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