Increasing access to TB services for miners through task shifting from facility to community service providers in Kahama and Simanjiro districts

Author: Alio Hussein Juma1

Co-author: Sarah Matemu2

1 Regional Program Coordinator, AGPAHI

2 Clinical Service Manager, AGPAHI

 Introduction

Miners in Tanzania are at high risk of contracting TB due to being subjected to poor working environment and lack of protective equipment. A survey conducted by Kibong’oto Infectious Disease Hospital (KIDH) at Mererani in 2013 revealed high burden of TB among miners. Despite the high risk of TB among miners, access to TB and HIV services in mining areas is linked to challenges such as lack of health promotion and education, barriers to health services, overcrowding, unaffordability of services and inaccessibility to services (NTLP Annual report, 2013).

To address the gap towards TB health service provision among miners, from October 2016, Ariel Glaser Paediatric AIDS Healthcare Initiative (AGPAHI) with funding from Development AID for People to People (ADPP) started implementing TB in Mining Sector project across mines in Kahama and Simanjiro. The project focuses on increasing access to information, on TB prevention, TB case finding, diagnosis and treatment aiming to reach 30,000 miners with screening service annually

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What We Do

  • TB in the Mining Sector Programme +

    TB in mining sector (TIMS) project is funded by Global fund through Development Aid from People to People (ADPP - Mozambique). AGPAHI is a sub-recipient of ADPP Mozambique.The project target is to screen TB to approximately 30,000 mine workers and their families.

  • CIFF Reprogramming +

    Project Goal is to improve health services to prevent HIV transmission, increase identification of adolescents with HIV infection, and improve HIV care and treatment and retention for ALHIV in Tanzania.

  • Provision of Comprehensive HIV Care +

    The purpose of** Boresha Project** is to support comprehensive facility-based HIV testing, care, treatment and support service provision in 9 scale-up and 25 sustained districts in the five lake zone regions of Geita, Mara, Mwanza, Simiyu and Shinyanga. .

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