Challenge TB | Lead Partner: KNCV | Country Director: Anthony Abura
According to the Global Tuberculosis Report 2018 by the World Health Organization, Malawi is one of the top twenty high-burden TB/HIV countries in the world, while still maintaining low burdens of both TB and MDR-TB.
Activities for Challenge TB in Malawi will focus on:
- Alignment with NTP Strategic Plan and Global Fund Concept Note, and close coordination with NTP and other relevant TB and HIV technical partners;
- Increasing case detection in each of the geographic focus areas.
- Strengthening NTP leadership at central level, zonal level and a number of selected districts;
- The project will collaborate closely with PEPFAR supported partners, both at national and district level, to maximize synergy in project operations on improving TB prevention and care for PLHIV. This includes: capacity building on 3I’s, specimen sample transportation, M&E, laboratory strengthening, etc;
- The project will strengthen the leadership of NTP in coordination and planning of operations research, sharing of research results and reaching consensus on policy implications for NTP.
In 2017, CTB in Malawi successfully upgraded the National TB Reference Laboratory (NTRL) from a bio-safety level two to a bio-safety level three, in line with World Health Organization recommended requirements. The NTRL is ready to support the processing of over 3000 samples planned for the second national TB drug resistance survey in 2018. The quality of the works was approved by the Uganda Supranational Reference Laboratory (SRL) and a USAID consultant.
With support from CTB, the NTP increased the External Quality Assessment (EQA) coverage from 24% facilities in the second year of the project, to 96.5% facilities in the third year of the project.
CTB also supported find the missing persons with TB (FTMP) among People Living with HIV (PLHIV), prisoners and children through active screening and contact investigation. The introduction of FTMP strategies to 12 health facilities, contributing to a significant increase in annual district notifications.
KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation in Malawi
Area 99, Plot 379