Tuberculosis: Our Impact

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

World TB Day is here again on March 24! This is the second year of a two-year campaign, “On the move against tuberculosis– Innovate to accelerate action”, aimed at inspiring innovation in TB research and care.

The resistance of microorganisms to medicines used to treat infections caused by bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses – otherwise known as antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – has been on the rise for decades. More specifically, the resistance to tuberculosis (TB) medicines has become a severe problem leading to outbreaks of extremely drug-resistant TB or XDR-TB. Further compounding this problem is the lack of resources and local capacity that exists to address AMR issues throughout the health systems.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is pleased to be presenting and participating at the 41st Union World Conference in Berlin, Germany, November 11-15, 2010. The theme of this year's conference is Tuberculosis, HIV and Lung Health: From Research and Innovation to Solutions. If you are attending the conference, please join us at the following events: Full Day Workshop Bringing TB and TB-HIV Medicine Management to the Forefront Friday, November 12, 2010 9:00 - 17:00, Hall 8

Ayele Fikre is a lab technician at Adama Health Center in Ethiopia. He is very enthusiastic when he talks about the changes that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported program, Tuberculosis Control Assistance Program (TB CAP), has brought to the way his lab has been performing for over a year.Previously, Fikre had training about tuberculosis (TB) along with topics such as HIV and malaria. However, his knowledge was improved after he took part in a-five-day External Quality Assurance TB training provided by TB CAP through Management Sciences for Health (MSH).

A Fellow sensitizing Community leaders on role of men in PMTCTIn Nigeria – 135 men and women are now energized with a personal commitment to have a health impact on their colleagues, workplaces, and communities. These individuals are taking part in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Health Professionals Fellowship Program. The participants are trained in a unique eight-week program which began in 2008 under the Leadership, Management and Sustainability (LMS) Capacity Building Project and is designed and managed by Management Sciences for Health (MSH).