A lab tech at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital examines sputum samples
The USAID-funded SUSTAIN project participated in this year’s World Tuberculosis (TB) Day National commemorative event. The theme for this year’s event was “Call for a World Free of TB” and used the promotional slogan “Stop TB in my Lifetime”.
During the one-day event held in the Masaka District of Central Uganda, SUSTAIN showcased their TB prevention interventions currently under way in 16 hospitals countrywide. Three staff from SUSTAIN-supported hospitals that were previously recognized for their exemplary leadership for TB care were invited to participate in the event.
A poster highlighting their work in Mubende, Lira and Mbale Regional Referral Hospitals (RRH) was displayed and they were introduced to the Ministry of Health Leadership. The project also facilitated health workers from Masaka RRH to exhibit their work and to conduct TB screening and testing activities.
The event was officiated by the Ugandan Ministry of Health (MOH) management led by the Hon Minister of Health for Primary Healthcare, Opendi Sarah Ochieng. SUSTAIN project’s Senior TB/HIV Quality Improvement Technical Advisor explained to the minister the project objectives, accomplishments and future direction, including support for the National TB program to establish drug resistant TB management centers at selected RRHs. Honorable Opendi commended SUSTAIN’s work and expressed gratitude for the partnership between Uganda and donors to improve health service delivery in the country.
Beyond the current TB support SUSTAIN provides to 16 hospitals, the project is rolling out additional support to TB drug resistant patients in selected hospitals around the country.
In partnership with Uganda’s Ministry of Health, the SUSTAIN project works to support TB-HIV collaborative activities which include : establishing TB-HIV coordination structures at hospitals; improving access to HIV –testing services for TB clients; providing TB screening for HIV positive clients; preventing TB through improved infection control; and improving quality management in project supported hospitals.
Readers, how did you celebrate World TB Day 2013? Do you have ideas about how to improve TB Management? Comments can be made in the space below this blog. We look forward to your feedback!