Educating Mothers on TB Prevention in Ethiopia
Outreach and training are crucial to increasing community knowledge of TB and how it spreads. Roza Alemayehu’s child often plays or eats at the home of a close neighbor who is receiving TB treatment. Although Roza knew that the neighbor was receiving treatment, she didn’t realize her child was being exposed to TB. After attending local TB nurse Tadelech Tefera’s classes and gaining a better understanding of TB transmission, she decided to start her child on TB preventive treatment. Since the training she received from the USAID Eliminate TB Project, Nurse Tefera has reached over 100 mothers in her community with educational classes on TB, specifically seeking out mothers of children who live in close proximity to those with confirmed TB and encouraging them to start their children on preventative treatment.
For more than 20 years, we have managed complex tuberculosis (TB) projects, partnering with public- and private-sector partners to detect, treat, and stop its spread through sustainable solutions to meet the needs of affected communities. We work closely with national TB programs to execute core TB control activities, improve management of TB services, establish a reliable supply chain for TB medicines and lab supplies, and educate communities and families about prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care.
We work on all levels of a country’s health system (from health worker to national and international leaders) and build the capacity of governments, civil society, and the private sector to accelerate national progress in reaching the global targets for TB by:
- Developing innovative strategies using data and a people-centered approach
- Bringing diagnostic, preventive, and treatment services to high-risk populations and those affected by drug-resistant TB
- Integrating TB care into HIV and COVID-19 care
- Creating resilient health systems that ensure the continuous availability of medicines and supplies
Accelerating the End of TB: Field Research from Management Sciences for Health — 2008-2022
Our volume of peer-reviewed journal articles highlights MSH’s long-term commitment to ending the TB epidemic. Authored or co-authored by MSH technical experts over the last 15 years, these articles are important contributions to the evidence base of what works in the fight against TB, including systems strengthening innovations that improve access to both established and novel TB medicines, ensure safety and quality, and promote effective detection and case management.