At the recent National TB Conference, in Abuja, Nigeria, Challenge TB Director Dr. Maarten van Cleeff, described the challenges facing TB control in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as those being addressed in Nigeria: “Despite the obvious synergies of tackling both diseases, HIV/AIDS and TB in the 1990s, we were still talking about collaboration. But now we recognize that collaboration is not enough – we actually need integration of services.”
Challenge TB is supporting activities in 15 states to help to expand TB services, especially diagnostic and treatment in high-population density areas and underserved areas. The government is reactivating 10,000 PHC and Challenge TB and other partners will collaborate with the National Primary Health Care Agency to ensure the effective integration of TB and HIV services in the process.
Dr van Cleeff said: “We all should remain creative and work in synergy. Not just governments, but everyone has a role to play here – the private hospitals, NGOs and faith-based organizations, traditional healers, the community and private companies.”
Mrs. Nora Rodriguez fought bravely to beat Multidrug-resistant TB and, despite suffering from severe side effects from the treatment, was a tireless advocate for TB patients in the US. A passionate fourth grade teacher, she saw herself forced to leave the profession she loved after being diagnosed but never gave up hope of recovery and returning to teaching once she finished her treatment. Nora died in her sleep on March 26 2016, less than two weeks away from finishing her treatment and leaves behind a loving family and many friends.
While 43 million lives have been saved since 2000, the battle against Tuberculosis (TB) goes on. TB continues to kill more than 4,000 people a day, more than half a million children become ill with TB each year, and approximately 10 million children are orphaned every year because of TB.
Challenge TB is working hard to save lives and prevent catastrophic consequences to patients, their families, and their communities.
Read about our achievements in the first quarter of our second year of work. This report provides a technical update on the progress we made between October-December 2015.
You can download the full report from our reports page here.
On the 20th December 2015 the White House released a national action plan for combating multi drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). The plan states that the United States will work domestically and internationally to contribute to the prevention, detection, and control of MDR-TB in an effort to avert TB-associated morbidity and mortality and support a shared global vision of a world free of TB.
The plan includes the following 3 goals as well as objectives and selected milestones:
You can read the full plan here.
The country director for Challenge TB Nigeria appeared on the most popular radio program in Nigeria to talk about TB in order to create awareness. Brekete Family (The Voice of the Voiceless), is a radio talk magazine program which is aired live every week day. Dr. Mustapha Gidado explained the symptoms of TB and informed the listeners that diagnosis and treatment are free. He also mentioned the recently launched hotline in Nigeria. The hotline is designed to create awareness on TB and to provide basic information on TB signs and symptoms. You can watch the show here.
Our first annual report gives details on our activities in each country, documents our successes, and reflects on the challenges we faced over the year. Challenge TB implements projects at the country, regional and international/global level with the majority of the program’s work being done through country-specific projects. As of September 30, 2015, there were 19 total country projects implemented in Year 1 under Challenge TB. In this report we also offer a glimpse of the Call to Action in India; tackling childhood TB in Bangladesh; and the roll-out of GeneXpert in Nigeria. You can download the report here.
If you are in Cape Town, South Africa for the 46th Union Conference on Lung Health you can find us at our booth, meet our experts, or come to the many symposiums, poster presentations and other activities we are invloved in. We look forward to seeing you there, so please stop by and say hello.
Indian actor and former TB sufferer Amitabh Bachchan has joined the call to end TB in India. At an event attended by the U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma, he said, “As someone who has suffered from TB, I can tell you of the devastation this disease can cause to a person’s life. It can often take months to be diagnosed. Even when the diagnosis is accurate, getting the right treatment is not always easy. Patients need intensive care and support from their family, communities, and healthcare providers. However, as a TB survivor, I can also tell you that this is a disease that can be fought against and won over. I believe we all have a role to play – as corporate leaders, community leaders, philanthropists, and individuals – in making India TB Free.”
Read about our achievements in the third quarter of our first year of work. Our third quarterly report provides a technical update on the progress we have made between April-June 2015 for 17 Challenge TB countries and one regional project.
You can download the full report from our reports page here.
Making Sense and Use of Routine TB Data for Management
Following on from a workshop at the Union 2014 conference and based on a guide developed by The Union and TB CARE and piloted with the Zimbabwe National TB Program, this post-graduate course will teach health staff and managers at all levels to assess their own TB data.
Register for the Conference and Course here:
The Union, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, has launched a free interactive online course, Childhood TB for Healthcare Workers. The six-module course is the first offering of the new Childhood TB Learning Portal funded through TB CARE I.
The curriculum covers how to diagnose, treat and prevent childhood TB, including how to perform contact screening. The modules are interactive and ask participants to make decisions about patient care in various settings through case examples.
Welcome to the new Challenge TB website:
Challenge TB runs from September 30, 2014 until September 29, 2019 and will align with the WHO post-2015 Global TB Strategy and the new United States Government TB Strategy to enhance focus on improving patient-centered quality TB services, building local capacity and the utilization of innovations and new technologies to move forward in the global fight against TB.
Challenge TB has three main objectives:
1. Improve patient-centered quality care and services for TB
2. Sustain and enhance systems
3. Transmission and disease prevention.