In loving memory of Dr Bashir Popoola Zakariyya who died on the 17th of October 2017, aged 39.
You were the Regional Senior Manager Nasarawa for the Challenge TB Project, full of life and focussed on getting the best results. You always ensured there were no gaps in services, even when we were short staffed.
You are not here with us, but we have you in our hearts. At the start of every new working day, we picture you coming into the office and doing your rounds, greeting everyone and giving a smile as you passed by.
Your name is still mentioned as though you were still at your desk or somewhere in the office.
You are sorely missed, your impact was great, and your name will be mentioned a million times over.
Dr. Bashir Popoola Zakariyya, may your gentle soul rest in peace.
The need for tools to measure stigma has been voiced before, only to be lost in the louder din of voices calling for new technologies, new medicines, and the rush to meet targets, deadlines, benchmarks and count up ‘cases’ that were ‘cured’. Past efforts to measure TB stigma have been stymied by doctrinal differences, internecine debates over definitions, and a pedantry that excluded many important stakeholders. Measuring TB stigma is not an elite project, but it does present some real technical challenges.
Read the full IJTBLD supplement on TB Stigma here.
“Wellness On Wheels” the mobile truck equipped with digital X-ray and GeneXpert was launched today in Ogun State – Nigeria. The Challenge TB-financed truck and equipment, will offer free TB testing services in communities and provide rapid testing for suspected TB cases, meaning people who are infected can be placed on treatment as quickly as possible.
Nigeria has the 4th highest burden of TB in the world and the highest in Africa. With 600,000 cases annually and only 100,500 detected in 2016, around 83% of the cases were missed and are in the community infecting those around them. The new truck will take diagnostic facilities directly to the people, where it is hoped it will help to find these missing cases and begin to turn the tide of the disease in the country.
You can now read about our successes and impact on the Challenge TB’s Medium page. New stories will be posted regularly, so follow us to stay up to date with how our work is helping those most in need across 23 countries.
Our latest story highlights how the introduction of new drugs and regimens in Kyrgyzstan is making a difference in the lives of four-year-old Ilias and his two-year-old sister Sumaya, who were diagnosed with DR-TB in February 2017.
Our second 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, 2016, there were a total of 21 country projects implemented in Year 2 under Challenge TB. In this report we also cover the Call to Action in India; finding the missing cases; and the childhood TB. You can download the full report here.
The only laboratory capable of cuture and drug susceptibility testing in Botswana was the National TB Reference Laboratory (NTRL), which until recently was mostly out of commission as the TB containment facility had not been functional for almost two years.
With technical support from Challenge TB, the Ministry of Health installed a new ventilation system and Challenge TB also financially supported the refurbishment of the NTRL containment facility.
The renovation was successfully completed in August 2016 and the laboratory became fully operational and resumed receiving and testing patient samples on the 1st September 2016. The laboratory was officially reopened by the US Ambassador to Botswana Mr Earl Miller and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Ms Shenaaz El-Halabi.