Tuberculosis: Our Impact

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).

Management Sciences for Health is pleased to announce publication of the "Evaluation of Malawi's Emergency Human Resource Programme."  The report documents the results of six years of efforts by the Government of Malawi and its partners, Britain's Department for International Development (DFID), and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, to overcome its human resources in health crisis.The Emergency Human Resource Programme (EHRP) was launched in 2004 to address this crisis, largely caused by an acute shortage of professional workers in the public health sector.  In

MSH will be participating in the XVIIIth International AIDS Conference being held from July 18-23, 2010 in Vienna, Austria. The 2010 conference theme is “Rights Here, Right Now.” During the week, MSH will be joining the global public health community to continue to push forward expanded access to HIV prevention, care, and treatment.Join us at booth # 477 to learn more about MSH and our projects.

In Malawi where a district hospital can be many miles from a village, rural communities and health centers are playing a vital role in preventing the spread of tuberculosis (TB) in the country. Working with Malawi CAP’s National Tuberculosis Programme, MSH and the Tuberculosis Control Assistance Program (TB) are training community volunteers and strengthening health centers to improve the TB case detection rate and support HIV and TB diagnosis and treatment services.

March 24 is World Tuberculosis Day. Despite significant effort by the global health community to detect and treat tuberculosis (TB), the number of cases is still rising. To control TB and save lives, it is vital to improve detection and treatment in a comprehensive and sustainable way and to strengthen the systems that support detection and treatment. In more than 30 countries, MSH is building partnerships across sectors—internationally, nationally, and locally—to integrate TB services with HIV services and primary health care.

MSH’s SDSH project (Santé pour le Développement et la Stabilité d’Haïti—Pwojé Djanm), funded by the United States Agency for International AID (USAID), recently conducted an initial assessment of health facilities in Port-au-Prince. As a result, community-based agents are mobilized and local partners working with SDSH are again providing services to support child health, reproductive health, and the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, primarily HIV and tuberculosis, in 11 areas in the Port-au-Prince vicinity.

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