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 will have three main objectives:
1. Improve patient-centered quality care and services for TB
2. Sustain and enhance systems
3. Transmission and disease prevention.