DRC TB 2015
The DRC now ranks tenth among the world's 22 high-burden tuberculosis (TB) countries and fourth among those in Africa (WHO Report, 2010) . It is also one of the 27 global high burden MDR-TB countries, responsible for 85% of the global estimates. The 'DRC TB 2015' supports the National TB Program (NTP) to strengthen its capacity to improve implementation and monitoring of TB and TB/HIV activities, and enhance collaboration with partners.
This support is given through trainings of national and provincial staff and communities members on Management of TB and specifics on the types of TB including MDR-TB, Paediatric TB, Co-infection TB-HIV, as well as Lab techniques. In collaboration with the WHO, University of Kinshasa and Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, PATH conducted an assessment of paediatric TB management. The project also provided 588 bicycles to the health providers and community care givers and 7 motorbikes for TB provincial managers in the seven supported provinces TB 2015 supports MDR-TB patients on second line treatment in Kinshasa and the outlying provinces by providing quarterly treatment adherence packages. MDR TB and TB-HIV are particularly targeted par the project.
In DRC, TB 2015 draws upon five international partners (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health-PATH, as the prime, with Partners in Health-PIH, American Society of Microbiology-ASM, Initiatives Inc., and Management Sciences for Health-MSH as subcontractors); and two local partners (Club des Amis de Damien-CAD and Ligue National Anti-tuberculeuse et anti-l'preuse au Congo- LNAC). PATH and these partners continue to work closely with the PNLT, CPLTs and other technical partners to implement key interventions in support of the National Strategic Plan 2006- 2015.
PATH leads the project and serves as the primary point of contact with USAID, PNLT, and other partners. PIH provides support for MDR-TB control. ASM supports laboratory strengthening activities and introduction of new diagnostic technologies. Initiatives Inc. supports training and human resource development needs assessments and will work with local partners CAD and LNAC to further develop their organizational capacity. MSH supports provincial liaisons in the two CPLTs in Kasai Occidental; TB drug and supply management capacity-building; and coordination with the MSH-led Integrated Health Project (IHP) and drug management through the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) project. www.msh.org www.pih.org www.asm.org www.initiativesinc.com
Health worker training
The project organized three pooled MDR-TB training sessions in Kinshasa, Goma and Lubumbashi with more than 100 participants Supported the training in provinces of 600 health workers on TB program management including medical doctors, nurses and lab technicians. Also more than 150 health providers were trained in HIV screening of TB patients. 700 community health workers have been trained in TB detection among population.
TB 2015 support CAD which is a congolese organization of former cured TB patients. They support other TB patients in treatment monitoring and help health facilities to detect more cases in community.
Jean Yves Mukamba
Jean Yves Mukamba is a Monitoring and Evaluation specialist for PATH in the Democratic Republic of Congo