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The Stop TB Partnership funded by Gates foundation approved a total of USD17million to support 42 grants implemented around the world to fight the TB burden. These projects are expected to develop and apply modern technologies in their case finding, improvement of diagnosis and treatment and support for people will TB.
Aquity Innovations is one of the implementing partners focusing on case finding in the identified districts in East London. AQUITY will promote an integrated TB disease management approach by linking people diagnosed and treated in the private sector with the South Africa National TB notification system. This will be achieved by training private General Practitioners as per national TB guidelines and CHWs in Active Case Finding to ensure disrupted TB patient care cascade until cure.
The project distinctively links people diagnosed and treated in the private sector with the SA national TB notification system in Nelson Mandela Metro in Eastern Cape Province. The project will link together referring, diagnosis, treatment and adherence providers in a comprehensive and people-centered approach. Core activities will engage and train CHW front line providers to enhance case detection and local General Practitioners (GP) to adhere to the national TB guidelines, diagnose and ensure same-day treatment initiation and follow-up services next to their homes. A consortium of 10 GPs complemented by 20 CHWs will actively screen 150’000 persons with TB symptoms and directly yield 1’000 additional confirmed TB patients with treatment initiated within 48h and followed-up until cure.
Through the use of mHealth technologies, Aquity will be able to process field data efficiently and field develop maps through the geo tagging functionality of the application.