Tuberculosis (TB)

Community care for tuberculosis

"Community TB care in Africa" project

In sub-Saharan Africa, WHO has coordinated projects to evaluate community contributions to effective TB control at district level in Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. Community organizations involved range from churches, NGOs and HIV/AIDS home-care organizations to community-based distributors of contraceptives and traditional healers. The projects involve identifying and training members of these organizations, and supervising them in supporting TB patients and directly observing treatment.

Source: Harries A, Kenyon T, Maher D, Floyd K, Nyarko E, Nkhoma W. "Community TB care in Africa": a collaborative project coordinated by WHO. Report on a "lessons learned" meeting in Harare, 27-29 December 2000. (WHO/CDS/TB/2001.291)