Tuberculosis: Our Impact

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.

Dr. Catherine Mundy.Dr. Catherine Mundy.

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.

Steve Solter. {Photo credit. MSH.}Photo credit. MSH.

Afghanistan is a country whose past weighs heavily on its present condition. Despite major achievements in reconstruction since 2001, the damage of the Soviet occupation (1979-1989) and the Taliban regime (1994-2001) are still major hurdles for development efforts to overcome.MSH, which has worked in Afghanistan since 1973 with funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and other donors, is one of the most experienced organizations in the United States in managing and delivering health services in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan is one of the most high burden tuberculosis (TB) countries in the world. TB affects women there two times more than men (female/male ratio is 2:1), and this is a unique phenomenon in the world. According to the National TB Control Program, in 2009, there were 26,358 TB cases diagnosed 17,044 (65%) of them were female. However, female health workers were not originally trained on TB case detection, diagnosis, and treatment so they were unable to help provide treatment within their own communities.

Tallying election results. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

In Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, civil society organizations elected representatives to a national AIDS, TB and malaria governance body to re-qualify for grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.Countries wishing to apply for and implement Global Fund grants related to AIDS, TB or malaria must maintain a national, multilateral governance body—known as a Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM)—to provide strategic leadership and oversight. CCMs are comprised of representatives of the public, civil society, private and donor sectors.

A Community Statement In observance of March 24, 2011, as World Tuberculosis Day, and in recognition of the tremendous opportunities and challenges faced in eliminating Tuberculosis (TB) in the U.S. and around the world, we, the undersigned organizations, stand in support of the attached statement. Download

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