Photo credit: Gwenn Dubourthoumieu

With a particular emphasis on reaching out to vulnerable communities, TB CARE I has assisted countries to move toward universal access. This has been achieved through a patient-centered approach that identifies and addresses the needs of all patients including women and children.

The internationally recognized strategy for TB control—directly observed treatment (DOTS)—has proven to be a highly effective and affordable strategy for controlling TB and is especially valuable in resource-poor settings. Many of the TB CARE I member organizations have been part of the development and expansion of DOTS from the beginning.

2800 Transactions Entered

From 2012-2014, the TB CARE I project entered 2800 transactions into the e-TB Manager. Currently being implemented by the USAID-funded Challenge TB project, e-TB Manager is an electronic web-based tool launched for the management of drug resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) in Nigeria.

In Nigeria, the USAID-funded TB CARE I project (2010-2014) provided:

The use of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as an innovative approach improved TB case detection in 11 states across 105 health facilities.

113 local government TB supervisors were trained on supervisory skills, program data appreciation, and leadership and management.

652 frontline facilities health workers were trained on the use of the SOPs approach. Over 25,000 copies of SOP materials were updated, printed, and distributed.