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KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation has a leading role in TB control for 115 years.

But what is it that we do?

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation was established in 1903 as the umbrella organization of all Dutch organizations involved in tuberculosis control. Most of them civil society initiatives! KNCV was one of the founding members of the UNION as well as the STOP TB Partnership. During the 115 years of its existence KNCV has played a crucial role in eliminating TB in the Netherlands and supporting high prevalence countries to prepare for the same.

Whereas the Netherlands has reached pre-elimination, with eight out of ten TB patients foreign-born, TB remains the deadliest infectious disease worldwide, with almost 5000 deaths per day. This is unacceptable: TB is preventable and curable!

A Story of Hope

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation’s goal is to assist in ending the global TB epidemic through country level capacity building and introduction of new drugs and technologies, in the context of patient friendly interventions. KNCV has been fundamental in design, implementation and evaluation of a watertight TB control system in the Netherlands that puts patients and their family’s needs at the heart of the matter. We build on these experiences to do exactly that in the rest of the world!

In the countries where we are active, we work closely with local governments and health and community care groups to ensure the implementation of tailor made state of the art  methods which ensure optimal patient care. And that works!

Please continue and read all about our work and specific initiatives.

 

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Projects

  • World TB Day in Indonesia: TOSS TB campaign

  • National Implementation of GxAlert in Botswana

  • Engaging Ethiopia's civil society

  • "Everybody felt a part of this"

  • Pilot for ambulatory PMDT accelerates access to treatment in Nigeria

  • “We now know the direction we have to take.”

  • Tackling Childhood TB in Ethiopia

  • Data Dictionary for second-line TB drugs forecasting

  • Electronic surveillance in Vietnam

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    World TB Day in Indonesia: TOSS TB campaign

    KNCV and Challenge TB have created a public service announcement to raise public awareness on TB. The video clip, which features the US Ambassador and the Indonesian rock band, SLANK, was launched on World Tuberculosis Day 2016 at the US Embassy’s youth event “Let’s TOSS to End TB” in Jakarta.

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    National Implementation of GxAlert in Botswana

    KNCV has supported the national implementation of GxAlert in Botswana. The GxAlert initiative is a system for data management, designed to work with any TB, HIV, Ebola, or malaria diagnostic device.

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    Engaging Ethiopia's civil society

    In the past two years Ethiopia had remarkable success by involving local civil society organizations (CSOs) in fighting TB, especially reaching out to women in the poor “sub-cities” of Addis Ababa. Through theses partnerships we raise awareness on the risks and symptoms of TB, and TB among children.

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    "Everybody felt a part of this"

    In 2013-2014, the first fully digital national TB prevalence survey was conducted in Zambia. Such a population-based prevalence survey estimates the true burden of TB disease. Besides being innovative in using digital tools for collecting and processing data, the Zambia prevalence survey was also the first in surveying the estimated burden of both TB and HIV. Pascalina Chanda-Kapata, survey coordinator from the Ministry of Health, tells about how this came to be.

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    Pilot for ambulatory PMDT accelerates access to treatment in Nigeria

    The introduction of the rapid diagnostic test Xpert MTB/RIF in Nigeria has led to a rise in the number of people diagnosed with and requiring treatment for MDR-TB. To ensure better access to appropriate care a pilot study was launched to introduce ambulatory care in eight selected states.

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    “We now know the direction we have to take.”

    Kazakhstan was one of the first countries to implement the newly available technologies for rapid diagnostic testing. Dr. Malik Adenov, Chief Doctor of the National TB Center in Kazakhstan, tells about the need of a programmatic approach to work towards sustainable TB control.

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    Tackling Childhood TB in Ethiopia

    One example of KNCV’s efforts to combat TB in Ethiopia involves ensuring that childhood TB is on everyone’s radar. Until recently there was very little awareness of the risk that TB poses to children, especially very young children. It calls for specific interventions.

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    Data Dictionary for second-line TB drugs forecasting

    With support from the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, we developed a generic data dictionary as part of the E&M (online and mobile) Health project. The generic data dictionary describes the essential data needed for second line drugs forecasting.

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    Electronic surveillance in Vietnam

    Vietnam has developed an electronic surveillance system (VITIMES) for recording and accessing information about TB patients and TB treatment results. An electronic system supports health workers and improves patient care. The system was developed and rolled out with technical support from Vietnamese IT companies and KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation.