U.S. Government Assistance Helps Expand Quality TB Services in Uganda

Ambassador Malac and Health Minister Opendi pose with survivors of MDR-TB.
Ambassador Malac and Health Minister Opendi pose with survivors of MDR-TB.

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Dr. Raymond Byaruhanga, Chief of Party, TRACK TB
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The USAID TRACK TB activity, a five-year U.S. government project supporting Uganda’s continued efforts to fight tuberculosis (TB), has produced a dramatic increase in the number of tuberculosis cases detected in Kampala, from 8,344 when the project began to 43,801 today.

TRACK TB worked in collaboration with the Kampala Capital City Authority and the Kampala City Tuberculosis Task Force to improve TB control by improving the ability of health systems and communities to provide patient-centered TB care using a model called Urban Directly-Observed Therapy.  The aim of the model was to improve case notification, in-patient follow-up, and integration of TB and HIV service delivery.

Speaking at TRACK TB’s closeout event today, United States Ambassador Deborah Malac said, “The U.S. government remains committed to supporting the Government of Uganda’s TB control efforts to address the country’s high TB burden.  We believe that a healthy Uganda is ultimately a more stable and prosperous Uganda.”

Working closely with the Ministry of Health, TRACK TB implemented activities in the 5 divisions of Kampala, provided specific support to the National TB and Leprosy Program’s Central Unit, and six multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) treatment sites in Mulago, Mbarara, Kitgum, Hoima, Lira, and Soroti.

“We are grateful for the support of the USAID TRACK TB project and its contribution to strengthening our capacity in ensuring our health facilities provide sustainable, quality TB services,” said Dr. Francis Mulwanyi, the Director of Soroti Regional Referral Hospital.  

TRACK TB was implemented by Management Sciences for Health and supported by the American people with funding from the United States Agency for International Development through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  Thanks to this assistance, communities are now better able to respond to the challenges posed by TB and MDR-TB through prevention, detection, care, and treatment.

Last updated: April 10, 2018

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