TC-TB – Striving to Stop the Spread of Tuberculosis
With an estimated tuberculosis prevalence rate of 490 per 100,000, Mozambique is one of the 22 High Burden Countries of the world. Given that the risk of developing tuberculosis (TB) is estimated to be between 12-20 times greater in people living with HIV than among those without HIV infection, it comes as no surprise that Mozambique has a particularly high co-infection rate (estimated at 50%). In addition to being a serious health problem among the general population, TB is therefore the leading cause of death among people living with HIV as well.
The ADPP TC-TB program focuses on reducing the spread of Tuberculosis and related deaths by increasing its early diagnosis and treatment in the communities. The approach is equal to that adopted in the TCE Program with emphasis given to door-to-door campaigning, voluntary testing and personal counseling. It also relies on the close cooperation between the TC-TB Field Officers and local health centers as well as the active participation of local volunteers.
The TC-TB Program is currently implemented in the Provinces of Sofala, Manica and Zambezia in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Mozambique.
In 2013, ADPP was also carrying out a TB REACH Program in Zambezia Province reaching over 1.8 million Mozambicans. The objective of the Program is to increase access to faster and better testing services. One of the most innovative aspects of the ADPP TB REACH approach is to mobilize schoolteachers and children as active volunteers in detecting TB in their local communities.