Challenge TB | Lead Partner: KNCV | Country Director: Dr. Bassey Nsa
Nigeria is a federal constitutional republic comprising of 36 states and a federal capitol territory.
Challenge TB in Nigeria is a 16 month USAID funded program with the focus to concentrate activities in 12 priority states and support to strengthen national-level systems. The project aligns with the National TB Strategic Plan 2014-2020 to ensure state specific interventions with the aim of improving universal access to TB diagnosis and treatment through strategic expansion of services.
Challenge TB will co locate with Global Fund to work in 6 priority states with the highest burden of TB: Akwa, Bauchi, Kan, Katsina, Lagos and Rivers and in 6 other states: Benue, Cross River, Enugu, Niger, Ondo and Osun.
In Nigeria, it is estimated that only one out of three TB patients is found and registered, meaning far too many patients do not receive proper treatment. This is one of the reasons why the project will concentrate on expanding diagnostic and treatment services, through community based approaches.
An example of these community based approaches are the engagement with Patent Medicine Vendors (PMVs) and community volunteer, Contact Investigators.
The PMVs are typically the first point of care for the majority of Nigerians suffering from respiratory problems. In 2017, 2,367 PMVs were engaged and trained by the CTB Nigeria team to identify potential TB cases and referred for diagnosis and treatment. A total of 18,979 presumptive patients were referred by PMVs leading to a diagnosis of 1,568 TB positive patients. In the case of Contact Investigators, more than 1000 people have been diagnosed and put on treatment following home visits to exiting TB patients. The 338 Contact Investigators test the family members of existing TB patients and those with a positive diagnosis are immediately placed on treatment. To avoid and prevent further infection transmission with affected families, preventative medication is provided to children under the age of five who live in households with TB patients.
KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation in Nigeria
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