KAHAMA COMMUNITY TB OUTREACH PROGRAM.
Medical Doctor monitoring the TB patient condition progress who is on course of treatment .
Kahama Community TB Outreach Program is an 18 months from March 2017 to August 2018, the program funded by UNOPS with the core purpose of building an effective and sustainable capacity to utilize, coordinate, collaborate and leverage community and clinical efforts and resources to improve TB case detection, linkage and treatment in the Evaluation population (EP) which covers two districts including Kahama Town Council (TC) and Msalala District Council (DC) in Shinyanga Region, Tanzania.
Kahama Community TB Outreach Program works in 38 wards specifically 18 wards for Msalala District Council and 20 wards for Kahama Town Council.
Case detection intervention within this program looks at improving detection, linkage to treatment and reporting of TB Outcomes to Key and Vulnerable groups (FSW), Children, and Small Scale Miners as well as general population. This is through sensitization and mobilization (demand creation) ,screening activities services to separate people into a group with higher likelihood of having active TB (positive screen) and another who are unlikely to have active TB (negative screen), Sputum collection and referral services as well as linkage to TB treatment for clients with Active TB/Positive TB and also ensure close follow up for these clients to adhere to their treatment
The programs works under the following objectives
1. To Strengthen engagement and ownership of Local Government Authorities and communities to support TB screening and referral services for the targeted groups such as general population, Key and Vulnerable Population, Children and small miners.
2. To increase access to TB Screening and referral services among the key targeted population
3. To improve key behavioral determinants at the individual and community levels
4. To improve TB screening and referral services through the application of monitoring, evaluation and learning
These four objectives are implemented in close collaboration with the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) in Tanzania using designated Standard Operating Procedures, curricula and approaches, as required.
The program ensures that all clients within the community to different localities in the Evaluation Population have access to Case finding services. This include demand creation services to General Population, KVP, Children and small miners, individual education which will be conducted by both Peer Educators (PE) and Community Health Workers (CHW) who will travel together to educate and screen at the same time for (GP ,FSW, Small Miners and Children), Improved TB screening by the CHW, TB Linkage and referral services, TB Treatment, patient tracking as well as improved performance monitoring.
Main donor: UNOPS under stop TB Partnership