Challenge TB | Lead Partner: KNCV | Country Director: Dr. Vishnu Mahamba MD, MAHPM
The Challenge TB project in Tanzania builds on the foundations laid by the previous project (Task Order TB2015 implemented by PATH) and the USAID/Tanzania Country Development Cooperation Strategy (October 3, 2014 – October 3, 2019): Empowering Women and Youth, Tanzania’s Socio-Economic Transformation toward Middle Income Status by 2025 Advanced.
CTB Tanzania works in 6 regions: Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Pwani, Kilimanjaro, Arusha and Mwanza. Also the project will support laboratory activities at the Central Reference Laboratory (CTRL) aiming at strengthening the capacity of the laboratory network in the country.
KNCV has provided several years key technical assistance to develop and implement a state-of-the-art electronic TB surveillance systems (eLMIS) that will help the national authorities to better track TB patients countrywide and more accurately report TB statistics.
Through the significant support provided by KNCV, the TB Reference Laboratory, which supports the entire TB laboratory network, has advanced to the point that it can apply for international accreditation to A Supranational level from the SADCAS (Southern African Development Community Accreditation Services).
Additional accomplishments for 2017 include:
- PMDT decentralized with the introduction of new drugs and short treatment regimen (ND/STR) for drug-resistant TB in Tanzania
- Supported three zonal laboratories in Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Mbeya regions to perform the rapid, molecular, second-line HAIN test to gain insights into individual patients’ eligibility for the ND/STR.
- The country project worked with six community-based organizations and volunteers to find the missing persons with TB through Contact Investigation, targets Active Case Finding, TB Quality Improvement tool implementation, FAST strategy and sputum specimen referral system resulting in CTB contributing 38% to national TB case notification.
- Continued support of the integration of TB and HIV collaborative services with high performance on all key indicators.
- With the revision of national TB workplace policy that will guide systematic TB screening among healthcare workers. Over 22,000 HCWs have been screened and 83 confirm to have TB disease and initiated treatment.
KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation in Tanzania
Plot 8&10, Off-Haille Selassie Road, Oysterbay
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania