Seventeen-year-old Wasil is one of the 76,000 Afghans with a new, active tuberculosis (TB) case this year; without treatment half of those infected will succumb to the disease. As a child, Wasil watched his mother die of TB, but when her all-too-familiar symptoms—persistent cough, loss of appetite, weight loss, and fever—frighteningly became his own, Wasil had access to a Comprehensive Health Center (CHC) operated by IMC, a REACH NGO grantee. At the CHC, sputum smear examination confirmed a diagnosis of TB, and Wasil began directly observed therapy, short course (DOTS).Read More

World AIDS Day, December 1, 2005Financial management is the Achilles heel for rapidly scaling up civil society's role in mitigating the HIV/AIDS pandemic, especially when the donor community is caught between the "rock" of getting the money out there and the "hard place" of timely and accurate financial reporting to keep the funds flowing.The challenge is to develop innovative agreements and management mechanisms that will get the money out into the community where it can do the most good, without putting an undue administrative burden on either the giver or the recipient.

Expanding Access to Medicines in Cambodia   Each year, thousands of children die from treatable illnesses in areas with few resources and little medical knowledge. To address this situation, Management Sciences for Health works through the USAID-funded Rational Pharmaceutical Management Plus (RPM Plus) Program to expand access to essential medicines and increase awareness about effective treatments. One Cambodian mother's story is a tragic example of why expanding access to medicines is critical to decrease child mortality.