Improving and Expanding TB Control
The Transitional Funding Mechanism for Tuberculosis is a two-year project that has a goal of reducing the burden of TB and TB/HIV in South Sudan as an extension of GFATM Round 7 TB project.The project will maintain the current TB notification of sputum smear positive cases and successfully treat at least 85% of the notified cases by 2015; routine culture and DST among all (100%) TB re-treatment cases during 2014 and 2015 and will improve HIV provider initiated testing and counselling of TB patients from the current 47% (2011) to 85% by end of 2015. This is done through support of the National TB Control Program at central and state levels as well as support provided to over 65 health facilities.
Outputs (2014 AWP)
Output 1: Improved Diagnosis of Tuberculosis
Output 2: High Quality DOTS
Output 3: Strengthened Community TB Care
Output 4: Multi-drug resistant TB & TB/HIV controlled & prevented
- Narus TB laboratory was renovated during the year and is being used by the community.
- 15 laboratory technicians (14 male and 1 female) were trained on AFB sputum microscopy. USAID through TBCARE project trained additional laboratory technicians and assistants on the same subject so the project avoided duplication of efforts and resource misuse.
- Four quality assurance visits were conducted by senior laboratory practitioners from NTP and MSH to conduct blinded re-checking and onsite External Quality Assurance (EQA).
- 65 clinical staff (53 male and 12 female) were trained on Directly Observed Treatment (DOT) management in Upper Nile, Jonglei, Unity, Warap and Lakes states. Additional clinical staff were also trained under WHO USAID TBCARE project. The project procured anti-TB drugs and laboratory reagents for the 70 TB sites and more than 7,230 TB patients detected and treated in the reporting period.
- 61 TB treatment supporters (24 male and 37 female) were trained on community based TB care with emphasis on case identification and referral, follow up on those on treatment and defaulter tracing. All 61 treatment supporters were being supported through provision of monetary incentives/stipends/ and through other means.
- 10 joint supportive supervision visits were conducted by the state TB coordinators throughout the states.
- The ten state TB coordinators have been engaged on monitoring and evaluation through supervision of sites, collection of reports from sites, compiling/aggregation of data and reporting to the national level.