Challenge TB | Lead Partner: The Union |Country Director: Christopher Zishiri| Partner: KNCV
Zimbabwe is one country that appears in all three high-burden country lists for TB, TB/HIV and MDR-TB according to the Global Tuberculosis Report 2018 published by the World Health Organization.
Zimbabwe seeks to address these issues by closing strategic gaps and prioritize TB control through the following:
- Decentralization of the “one stop shop’ integrated TB HIV model of care beyond urban settings, successfully implemented through TB CARE I. The scope of coverage will include the existing 23 TB CARE I supported sites and 10 additional new sites.
- Deployment of additional Xpert MTB/RIF machines to ensure national coverage including optimization of use to increase TB case finding among people living with HIV. The scope of coverage will be one of the 10 provinces and 23 TB CARE I supported sites integrated TB HIV sites.
- Piloting intensified contact investigation for both adults and children at 10 selected high volume sites in two high burden districts.
- Supporting a comprehensive evaluation of the pilot implementation of the electronic recording and reporting system (ERR) to inform phased roll out and systems integration with existing electronic platforms. The scope of coverage will be four provinces.
- Capacity building of health care workers at national level on collection of quality TB data, its analysis and use for decision making based on the new Data Collection, Analysis and Use Guide developed through TB CARE I support.
- Reviewing on-going national support for the motorcycle Specimen Transport (ST) system for TB and other laboratory specimens to inform future investments in more sustainable and integrated specimen transport systems.
The Union is the lead partner in Zimbabwe that will continually provide technical, managerial and financial support to the National Tuberculosis Programme throughout Challenge TB. It is working with World Health Organization (WHO), Interactive Research & Development (IRD) and KNCV as collaborating partners.