Strengthening Community Systems to Defeat Tuberculosis in Uganda

19 Oct, 2018

Defeat TB Project: HEPS Uganda is currently implementing ''Defeat TB project'' in Mukono district with funding from USAID and URC. The project aims at increasing tuberculosis (TB) case notification, case detection and treatment outcomes through health system strengthening with the aim of ending the TB epidemic. 

The key Defeat TB result areas include:

  • To increase screening and detection of all forms of tuberculosis in infants, children, adolescents, and adults at facility and community levels
  • To initiate and complete treatment for all patients diagnosed with all forms of TB
  • To ensure strong community systems to support the continuum of TB prevention, screening, diagnosis, care, and treatment
  • To enhance leadership and technical capacity of the TB program at national and subnational levels to effectively guide and manage implementation of TB control activities 

A national survey  conducted in 2016 indicates that Tuberculosis remains one of the health challenges in Uganda.

 Key findings;

TB prevalence is 253 per 100,000 (previously 159 per 100,000)

TB incindence is 234 per 100,000 people (previously 161 per 100,000)

89,000 people get TB disease every year.

46% (40,829) undetected TB cases (missed cases), each missed case spreads to 10-15 people per year.