{Photo credit: Barnabé Tchoudji/USAID Integrated Health Services Activity}Official transfer of documents during the reception of the ambulance in Plateau. Left to right: The Chef de Service des Affaires Administratives et Economiques, Bernard Fagbohoun, the Directeur Départemental de la Santé, Dr. Hypocrate Fatembo, the Chargé de l’Administration et des Ressources, Télesphore Adomou, Rafiou Aya, and the Director of the Hospital of the zone of Pobè, Bakary Abdoul Karibou.Photo credit: Barnabé Tchoudji/USAID Integrated Health Services Activity

Pour lire cette histoire en français, veuillez cliquer ici.When an expectant mother has a medical emergency, a few minutes’ delay can be deadly. But with few public ambulances in parts of Benin, families often spend those precious minutes securing transportation to the hospital.In the Plateau department, patients have struggled with emergency transportation since 2018, when the last public ambulance broke down. Private health facilities charge up to 25,000 CFA (about $46) for an ambulance, a significant cost for many people.

A Jinja Regional Referral Hospital staff member receives redistributed TB medicines from Lira Regional Referral Hospital.Photo credit: Benjamin Atwine/MSH

Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a critical public health problem in Uganda, where the prevalence of MDR-TB in 2015 was an estimated 1.6% among newly diagnosed TB cases and 12% among previously treated TB cases. Uninterrupted access to treatment is necessary to prevent a more serious form of MDR-TB, ensure that the treatment works, and help prevent drug resistance. However, the months-long treatment, plus side effects such as nausea and vomiting, causes some patients to abandon the regimen.

 The USAID SAFEMed Activity in Ukraine launched an innovative public private partnership to improve the distribution of antiretrovirals for HIV and TB medications.

The rates of HIV and TB in Ukraine are high, yet some regions lack access to enough medicines for these and other conditions. The country has the second-largest HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Tuberculosis, which is the leading cause of death among infectious diseases in Ukraine, is especially dangerous due to the high estimated number of patients with multidrug-resistant TB.