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Communities of Practice for Global Health

Communities of practice are defined as groups of people who interact regularly to share information, insight, experience and tools about an area of common interest (Wenger 2002). Each community of practice is unique in terms of its formation, structure, and character (click here to learn more about managing and measuring communities). All communities, in some [more…]

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Technical Approaches to TB: Challenge TB, SIAPS & TRACK TB
Technical Approaches to TB: Challenge TB, SIAPS & Track TB

Using a people-centered approach, MSH works with local partners to develop health systems solutions that meet the needs of communities affected by TB. Strengthening national, regional, district, and local health managers and their institutions to provide quality health services is a core strategy to support health systems resilience and sustainability. MSH has developed materials highlighting [more…]

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Taking Supply Information Systems to the Next Level: Regional Collaboration in TB Medicines Supply Chain

Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major public health problem in the regions of East, Central, and Southern Africa (ECSA). Because TB is an airborne disease, its transmission is facilitated by the movement of people across internal and national borders. To operationalize the TB control strategy in ECSA countries, USAID, through Challenge TB and MSH, has facilitated [more…]

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Online, Self-Administered Screening Tool for Improving TB Detection among University Students in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is one of the most populous countries in Africa with a high TB burden across a wide geography. The national TB program has reached hundreds of thousands of cases and successfully treated them. However, health authorities believe that a third of cases have been missed in the community, development corridors, industries, and crowded settings, [more…]

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GxAlert for Real-time Management and Strengthening of Remote GeneXpert Network in Bangladesh

GxAlert is a web-based open-source data connectivity application that includes a system for data management designed to work with any diagnostic device that can connect to the internet or a mobile network. Results from GeneXpert are automatically sent to the GxAlert server, which provides robust and clear documentation to connect existing monitoring and evaluation systems [more…]

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Find Actively, Separate, Treat: The FAST Strategy for Tuberculosis Infection Control in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the world’s high tuberculosis (TB) burden countries. According to World Health Organization’s 2017 Global TB Report, 38% of drug-sensitive and approximately 84% of drug-resistant patients are undiagnosed or unreported. The most infectious TB patients are these missing cases. Undiagnosed TB patients often transmit the disease in inpatient wards, infecting health care [more…]

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Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program Inventory of Key Technical Resources

The main purpose of this inventory is to serve as a reference to help stakeholders working in the pharmaceutical sector easily access and use already available SIAPS resources, including tools, experiences, and results. The document is also intended to serve as a technical legacy for SIAPS to support knowledge exchange and sustainability of related work. [more…]

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Best Practices in the Integration of TB and HIV/AIDS Services

In most countries, tuberculosis (TB) services are decentralized up to the most peripheral health facilities and often into the community. On the other hand, HIV/AIDS services are generally much more centralized because scale-up of services, especially of antiretroviral therapy (ART), started only quite recently. As a result, patients who need treatment for both TB and [more…]

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