WHO policy on collaborative TB/HIV activities: Guidelines for national programmes and other stakeholders
These policy guidelines on collaborative TB/HIV activities are a compilation of existing WHO recommendations on HIV-related TB. They follow the same framework as the 2004 interim policy document, structuring the activities under three distinct objectives: establishing and strengthening mechanisms for integrated delivery of TB and HIV services; reducing the burden of TB among people living with HIV and initiating early antiretroviral therapy; and reducing the burden of HIV among people with presumptive TB (that is, people with signs and symptoms of TB or with suspected TB) and diagnosed TB.
Study Protocol: Economic incentives for improving clinical outcomes in patients with TB in South Africa: a study of feasibility and effectiveness.
Principal investigator: Dr EE Lutge (Health Systems Trust)
In collaboration with Professor JA Volmink (University of Stellenbosch) and Dr SA Lewin (Medical Research Council South Africa)
Additional technical assistance for protocol development and data analysis provided by KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation.
Funded by the National Department of Health (South Africa), the Tuberculosis Control
Assistance Program (TB CAP), (the Netherlands, through the National TB Directorate) and the Wellcome Trust (United Kingdom).
Complete a Report on Mortality Amongst Clients Initiating TB Treatment in the Ventersdorp Sub-District of North West Province
This is the sixteenth global report on tuberculosis (TB) published by WHO in a series that started in 1997. It provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress in implementing and ﬁnancing TB prevention, care and control at global, regional and country levels using data reported by 198 countries that account for over 99% of the world’s TB cases.
Time to act: Save a million lives by 2015 - Prevent and treat tuberculosis among people living with HIV
We live in a time of unprecedented hope for the 33.3 million people living with HIV worldwide. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) offers the promise of a full and fulfilling life. Now people living with HIV can raise their families, work and pursue their dreams. But a thief is in our midst—one that is routinely robbing people, and the countries they live in, of their futures. Every minute, three people living with HIV have their lives snatched away by tuberculosis (TB). Africa, hit hard by HIV, is also hit hard by TB. TB is the main cause of death in people living with HIV.
Poverty has long been recognized as one of the factors predisposing people to TB (Lancet 2005) and, in South Africa, many patients with TB live in poor conditions. In order to ameliorate these conditions, a few initiatives to support patients with TB have been made in KwaZulu-Natal. To date, support for TB patients has been provided in the form of free treatment at government hospitals and clinics (Department of Health 2001), and nutritional supplementation and social grants (Department of Social Development 2006)1.
The implementation of the National Tuberculosis Control Programme (NTCP) at a regional/district hospital and three of its feeder clinics: A Case Study
The purpose of this study was to identify and understand the health system constraints to providing effective care to patients with tuberculosis (TB) in a combined regional/district hospital and three of its feeder clinics in an area with a high incidence of TB and high prevalence of HIV. The study was funded by the National Department of Health.
The Cape Town Metro TB progress report documents the progress made in the TB Control programme in the last 6 years, from 1997 to 2003. The focus of the report is on the TB programme performance indicators, but it also addresses issues of Monitoring and quality assurance, the cost of TB Treatment and TB and HIV/AIDS/STI integration.