Tuberculosis: Our Impact

Nurse Mpala Muhungu in Lubudi, with two children diagnosed with TB following the DRC-IHP training. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Nearly one in two cases of active tuberculosis (TB) went undetected in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2010, due to inadequate screening for the disease.

Despite progress made to reduce tuberculosis globally, it still remains one of the primary infectious causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Drug resistance to the disease has not only grown, but it has also impacted those co-infected with HIV/AIDS. With an increase in awareness by the global community and rising political will, countries are seeing a growth in funding to fight TB through various global initiatives.

The Grant Management Solutions Project (GMS) invites you to participate in the GMS End of Project Conference! We will highlight five years of results and lessons learned from technical support to grantees of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in 78 countries.This event will be held Friday, June 29, 2012, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. from 9:00am to 5:00pm.Presenters will include representatives of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; the U.S. Agency for International Development; and the Office of the U.S.

Elizabeth Oywer, the registrar of the Nursing Council of Kenya (center), is recognized for completing the Leading High Performing Healthcare Organizations by Dr. Edward Mungai, dean of the Strathmore School of Business in Nairobi, and Joan Mansour, leadership development specialist at Management Sciences for Health. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Four years ago, a national assessment done by the Ministry of Health in Kenya showed that 61% of health managers felt inadequately prepared for their roles due to lack of skills in leadership and health systems management. The assessment report recommended that these gaps be addressed at the pre-service and in-service training levels for health workers and also at the senior management level of the health sector.

In Kalenda, a Congolese woman diagnosed with tuberculosis takes her medication following the “Directly Observed Treatment, Short-Course” approach, also known as DOTS. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Tuberculosis (TB) is a leading cause of death in Democratic Republic of the Congo, in part, because of a lack of access to diagnosis and treatment for those suffering from the disease.

Congressman Donald Payne. Photo credit: David Gard/The Star-Ledger.Management Sciences for Health (MSH) staff worldwide are saddened at the passing of Congressman Donald Payne. Payne was a great advocate for global health and development assistance for the poorest countries in the world, especially for the people of Africa.For more than 24 years, Mr.

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Laboratory services are a necessary but sometimes neglected element of a strong health system. From disease control and surveillance to patient diagnosis and care, laboratories are central to public health. Where laboratory services, policies or strategy are lacking, a comprehensive systems approach can improve a nation's infrastructure and capacity to manage and finance laboratory systems.MSH spoke with Dr.

To improve access to laboratory testing, supervision and quality  assurance, Management Sciences for Health’s (MSH) Strengthening Public  Health Laboratory Systems Project in Kenya -- funded by PEPFAR  (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) through the Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -- is supporting the Kenyan Ministry of Health (MOH) in strengthening the national laboratory referral networks. Health services in Kenya are structured into four hierarchical levels  of care: dispensary, health center, district and provincial or na

A team of technicians from the Dominican Republic Ministry of Public Health meet with MSH/SPS consultants. {Photo: MSH.}Photo: MSH.

Medicinal and pharmaceutical public health interventions have less impact when shortages or losses occur. Health program supply managers frequently find themselves seeking the answers to two questions: (1) How many months' supply of medicines do I have in my warehouse?

Ekundayo Aigbomian, Associate Director of Community HIV Services and Gender for ProACT. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

The Prevention and Organizational Systems – AIDS Care and Treatment project (ProACT Nigeria) is a five-year, USAID-funded, MSH-led project that began in 2009. ProACT supports HIV & AIDS services in six Nigerian states by building the capacity of government and civil society to strengthen the health system as a whole.

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