On 24 March, the Organisation for Public Health Interventions and Development (OPHID) joins the world in commemorating World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. With funding from the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), OPHID provides technical support to the Ministry of Health and Child Care to deliver quality HIV and TB programs. OPHID is concerned that TB is the number one cause of death among all infectious diseases. According to the 2015 Global TB report, 1.5 million people died from TB, translating to a person losing life every 21 seconds. TB is also the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, causing almost one third of all HIV-related deaths.

OPHID's priority focus is on reducing the burden of TB among HIV patients and the affliction of HIV among TB patients. We support the MOHCC efforts to implement the "3 Is":

  • Infection control strategies to reduce the infectiousness of TB.
  • Isoniazid Preventive Therapy to treat latent TB and reduce the chances of patients with TB infection developing TB disease.
  • Intensified case finding through TB screening of every HIV positive patient.

Key messages on TB care and treatment.

  • TB can be cured if identified and treated early, even among People Living with HIV.
  • Prevent spread of TB in your family and community by seeking health services early.
  • If someone in the household has TB disease, all household members should go for TB screening.
  • All people with HIV need to be screened for TB every time they visit the clinic to receive prompt TB diagnosis and treatment if needed.
  • TB should be given special attention during pregnancy to keep both mother and baby safe. All HIV positive pregnant women should be screened for TB at every clinic visit.

OPHID and its partners in the Families and Communities for the Elimination of HIV (FACE HIV) Consortium, KAPNEK and the Zimbabwe Aids Prevention Project Trust (ZAPPT), are committed to reach every person with TB, cure those in need of treatment, and prevent new TB infections.

For more information on the FACE HIV Care and Treatment Program, contact P.Mbetu, Chief of Party on: 04 252772, email: pmbetu@ophid.co.zw or Loveness Mlambo-Chimombe, Advocacy and Communications Manager, email: lmlambo@ophid.co.zw.

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