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The primary mode for the spread of TB is person to person, and it is estimated that a person with TB can infect up to 15 individuals each year until that patient starts treatment and is rendered non-infectious. The USAID-funded Challenge TB project implemented a demonstration initiative that provided preventive treatment for household contacts of TB patients.

Previously, Ethiopia used conventional methods for mycobacteria culture and drug susceptibility testing, which take 4-12 weeks to get results and require sequential procedures for the diagnosis. The recently introduced second-line probe assay (SL-LPA) delivers results in just 24-48 hours, a vast improvement over the conventional method.

The Ethiopian National TB Program (NTP) has made important contributions to the decentralization of multidrug-resistant (MDR) treatment and follow-up sites across the country.

The dual burden of TB and HIV infection has prompted global attention as well as WHO policies and guidelines.

Ethiopia is among high TB-HIV burden countries and uptake of live-saving treatment among people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) has remained low at the national level.

Afghanistan accounts for two-thirds of the global area under opium poppy cultivation and produces 70 percent of the world’s opiates.

CB DOTS is an approach for engaging communities to support detection and treatment of TB, while also bringing TB services closer to their communities. In Afghanistan, CB DOTS has been implemented in more than 715 health facilities and 15 provinces, and the national Ministry of Public Health is integrating the CB DOTS strategy into the nationwide basic package of health services.

In 2015, MSH’S projects reached more than 84.2m people worldwide. Since 2012, MSH has contributed to saving more than 500,000 lives and has trained more than 107,000 people - from health officials to frontline health workers.   

MSH authors have published a number of journal articles describing the accredited drug seller implementation experience and lessons learned in Tanzania—home of the flagship ADDO program. A new compendium reviews highlights ranging from robust multi-method quantitative to informative qualitative research. 

The world loses 300,000 women and nearly 5 million children to preventable causes each year. Millions of women in low-resource settings lack proper antenatal care, give birth without a skilled attendant, and don't receive postpartum care.

Unique identification is essential to progress toward meeting PEPFAR’s 95-95-95 goal. For people living with HIV, better program management means more timely testing and promotes continuity of service for lifesaving sustained ART. Providers can assess treatment regimens and their effectiveness toward achieving viral suppression.

Health service delivery data in Tanzania have tended to be disease- and health program-centric rather than client-centric. Patient information is stored in independent paper-based or electronic systems without a way to connect them or to locate one patient among multiple records.

Despite making good progress toward digitizing client level data, the Government of Tanzania is still working to meet the latest global guidelines for HIV/AIDS programs. One major reason is that the country’s data collection and HIS do not efficiently deliver the quality information required for effective monitoring and planning.

The Technical Support Services Project (TSSP) worked with the Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, the Elderly, and Children (MoHCDGEC) to support and strengthen the Star Rating Assessment (SRA) Tool system. The project integrated HIV/AIDS indicators into the tool to create more comprehensive assessments of the country’s health care facilities. 

The Technical Support Services Project (TSSP) worked with the Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children (MoHCDGEC) to analyze data to project future health care employment needs, including current and future vacancies, and create a five-year recruitment and staffing plan.

The Tanzania Technical Support Services Project (TSSP) supports the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children (MoHCDGEC) and public health institutions in improving the health system to achieve and sustain HIV epidemic control in Tanzania.

The Technical Support Services Project (TSSP) worked with the Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children (MOHCDGEC) to develop a comprehensive task-sharing (TS) plan for health workers.

The Technical Support Services Project (TSSP), implemented by Management Sciences for Health, works with the Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children and the Presidents Office Regional Administration and Local Government to improve the country’s health information system.

To support Tanzania in obtaining, analyzing and using reliable data for informed health system decision making, the Tanzania Technical Support Services Project (TSSP), implemented by Management Sciences for Health, is supporting the development and integration of HIV/AIDS indicators into a new electronic health information dashboard for DHIS2, the national health information platform.

 Although international guidelines for tuberculosis (TB) control are standardized, country TB programs are often unable to properly manage the data needed for following the guidelines, resulting in poorly timed interventions. The emergence of drug-resistant (DR-TB) has made it more difficult to manage cases and medicines, increasing the need for tools that effectively monitor diagnosing

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) knows that community readiness is key to epidemic prevention, detection and early response.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) has been fighting malaria for three decades in over 40 countries.

Over the last decade, the Ethiopian health system has undergone rapid changes resulting in notable improvements in health. However, Ethiopia remains a high tuberculosis (TB)-burden country with an estimated incidence of 164 per 100,000 population. TB services are decentralized to deliver care to rural communities however there are fragmentations in the level of services provided.

Please download to read the USAID Safe, Affordable, and Effective Medicines for Ukrainians (SAFEMed) Activity in Ukraine News Digest, March 2020 edition.

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