MSH Commemorating World TB Day

MSH Commemorating World TB Day

World TB Day celebration in Ghana (2012). {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Sunday, March 24, 2013, is World TB Day, and MSH staff and partners are promoting global efforts to stop TB throughout the week.

Here are highlights from some of our activities around the world:

The Afghanistan TB CARE I team is working with the national TB program (NTP) to conduct celebration events at 290 health facilities and communities in 13 USAID-supported provinces. TB messages will be aired through local telephone companies to approximately one million people throughout the nation. TB CARE I is also identifying and publicly rewarding high-performing health workers.

The Bangladesh SIAPS TB team will participate in a national rally on March 24 with all TB partners and stakeholders within the NTP network, as well as in a press conference, workshop, and scientific session.

TB CARE I Cambodia staff is participating in March 24 events at the National Center for TB and Leprosy Program compound in Phnom Penh. NTP-funded activities include comedy performances, TB trivia for school students, and inspirational speeches by national stakeholders including the NTP director and the minister of health.

TB CARE I Ethiopia t-shirts (2013)

The MSH TB CARE I team in Ethiopia, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute (EHNRI), is celebrating in Addis Ababa, with a scientific conference on March 21–23, and more events on March 24, including a media campaign to address the knowledge gap and community misconceptions toward TB, TB/HIV co-infection, and multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). The Ethiopian HEAL TB team is working with the federal MOH to present six hours of television coverage of athletic events being held on World TB Day.

Ghana is celebrating on March 22 in Kumasi. The TB CARE I team’s exhibition will highlight best practices for improving hospital-based TB case detection using standard operating procedures. The US Ambassador to Ghana will also attend World TB Day in Accra.

TB CARE I Indonesia is working with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and Indonesia’s NTP to organize a 5K race expected to draw over 10,000 runners, bikers, walkers, and observers; Indonesia’s Minister of Social Welfare will speak at the event.

The TB CARE I team in Kenya is celebrating on March 22 with an event for senior government staff, development partners, NGOs, and other key stakeholders at the Panafric Hotel in Nairobi.

Stop TB Banner, Mozambique

The TB CARE I team in Mozambique is participating in World TB Day on March 24 in Nampula province, along with Mozambique’s Ministry of Health and USAID. The Nampula Regional Reference Laboratory will be inaugurated and TB awareness and educational presentations will take place at primary and secondary schools, markets, and churches from March 18–24.

The TB CARE I team in Nigeria will participate in activities on March 22 in Abuja along with ARFH Nigeria, the World Health Organization (WHO), and KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation. The team also is organizing and funding a TV talk show on TB control.

The TB CARE I team in South Sudan will celebrate on March 24 at the Nyakuron Cultural Center in Juba. Events include presentations, speeches, drama performances, a football tournament, and promotion through the radio, TV, SMS, newspapers, and churches. A song promoting TB prevention has been translated into English and Juba Arabic and will be broadcast on the local radio stations in Juba, potentially reaching millions of South Sudanese.

The TB IQC team in Tanzania is collaborating with the National TB and Leprosy Program/Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (NTLP/MOHSW, USAID, and other partners for events in Zanzibar.

STAR-E will join Uganda’s MOH, NTLP, and other partners for activities on March 24, in Masaka District. Events include a symposium on MDR-TB on March 21, and the launch of a new MDR-TB ward at Mulago National Referral Hospital on March 22. A film will be shown in the five districts with the lowest TB case detection rates and radio talk-shows about TB are being aired on two radio stations. Track TB is participating in Uganda’s activities on March 22 in Masaka District, including supporting a MDR-TB symposium.

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