On August 12, 2015 the Challenge TB project in Nigeria was launched. This project, which succeeds the TB CARE I, is financed by USAID.
KNCV is the lead agency of the Challenge TB project in Nigeria. Challenge TB geographically covers 15 states, representing approximately one seventh of the Nigerian population.
Three regional offices and project staff will be in operation in each of these states. Working in collaboration with the state TB teams, we are helping to expand TB services to include diagnostic and treatment sites in high-population density areas and areas in Nigeria that are presently underserved by the TB program.
Our emphasis is on offering community friendly services, which includes targeted awareness-raising and outreach, and identifying and referring persons with presumed TB. We also devote special attention to supporting pediatric (childhood) TB services and the implementation of the national pediatric TB guidelines.
Through Challenge TB Nigeria we strive to increase TB case notification, raising the demand for TB services and decentralizing service provision to patients with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). Key elements for the near future include:
- Increasing case notification for TB and MDR-TB through provider engagement, expansion of diagnostic access, and demand generation;
- Maintaining or achieving high levels of treatment success for all people with TB, including MDR-TB, through community-based treatment support and ambulatory care;
- Engaging the private sector as key health care providers;
- Strengthening the National TB and Leprosy Control Program (NTBLCP) systems at the state and local levels to achieve sustainable improvements in TB control;
- Coordinating all implementing partners working in TB and TB/HIV control.