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Mangochi welcomes new TB control program

Mangochi, October 19, Mana: Mangochi District Council has given Facilitators of Community Transformation (FACT) a go ahead to implement a two and half year Global Fund joint TB-HIV Epidemic Control Program in the district.

FACT Executive Director, Thokozire Phiri Nkhoma made a presentation Monday in Mangochi during a District Executive Committee (DEC) meeting where the district level committee approved implementation of the HIV-TB control program with an advice that the implementing NGO should be reporting to the DEC for evaluation.

“The implementation runs from April 1st 2021, to December 31st 2023,” she said while expressing optimism that this will contribute to a reduction of number of infections in the district. 

Nkhoma added that the two and half year TB control intervention in Mangochi will cost K127,651,762 thereby committing the organization to work closely with the Mangochi District Health Office to ensure the success and sustainability of the program

She said the program will include mass TB screening, community based sputum collection for lab testing and TB treatment among other strategies to deal with TB.

Mangochi District Chief Preventive Officer, Dr. Kondwani Mamba commended FACT for introducing the project in the district saying it will complement to efforts by the hospital in controlling TB.

“We are looking forward to work with partners like FACT in TB control,” he said while anticipating active participation of community based structures and other health personnel in the fight against TB.

Mangochi welcomes new TB control program
Nkhoma making a presentation during a Mangochi District Executive Committee meeting on introduction of Global Fund joint HIV-TB Epidemic Control Programme. Pic, Evance Chisiano (Mana)

Mangochi Prison, however, asked the health office and partners to regularly reach out to inmates as they implement TB control programs saying inmates are vulnerable to TB.

Mangochi Prison, Officer in Charge, Denis Luka who is also a member of the District Executive Committee made the appeal after realizing that most prevention interventions citing TB and Covid-19 ignore the inmates despite their vulnerability to the two respiratory infections.

Without an assurance to work directly in prisons, FACT indicated that it will work in Mangochi for the entire two and half years with involvement of volunteer community sputum collectors and other structures that will help to make a positive impact by 2030.     

Based in Lilongwe, FACT was established in 2012 to promote national development by ensuring that marginalized populations are accorded their fundamental rights and equitable access to health, education and development services through research, advocacy, networking and capacity building.    

Mana

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