Challenge TB | Lead Partner: KNCV | Country Director: Victor Ombeka
The Challenge TB East African Regional (CTB EAR) project focuses its activities in six African countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia Tanzania and Uganda).
The primary technical areas for this project are:
- Cross border TB control to promote cross-country collaboration and coordination for improved TB control and surveillance.
- Supporting National TB reference laboratories to address diagnostic capacity in key and vulnerable populations.
- Strengthening PMDT to improve: access to second line TB drugs including new drugs and shorter regimens and M/XDR-TB case holding and palliative care.
- Building capacity on Childhood TB by establishing a network for sharing and learning and its incorporation into continuing education on TB and Maternal and Child Health (MCH).
- Creating a Regional Training Corridor by linking training institutions and earmarking them for specific trainings in TB.
Recent 2017 activities in the region include the project supporting the development of an online childhood TB training for healthcare workers facilitators’ guide through The Union. The purpose of this guide is to allow the childhood TB training to be rolled-out to a larger target group and for easier facilitation. Ten healthcare workers were specially trained to help strengthen the knowledge transfer, which is pragmatic and locally relevant to improve the management and prevention of TB in children.
Furthermore the CTB EAR project also facilitated a workshop for the development of the laboratory curriculum on rapid diagnostics at the Supra National Reference Lab (SNRL). A total of 25 SNRL health staff underwent training and will train others in Uganda and other countries utilizing laboratory tools developed for the introduction of New Drugs and Regimens.
KNCV also started a working with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on cross border TB control in line with the USAID/KEA’s Regional Development Cooperation Strategy 2016-2021. The IGAD is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. KNCV consultants from the project have been providing lose and continued input in the development of the TB component on the IGAD TB, HIV and Malaria Strategic Plan 2018-2025. This strategic plan will guide more consistent and coherent implementation of cross border TB control by CTB EAR in IGAD member states, and align the work of member countries.
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