TB CARE II South Africa was launched in October 2014 to support the South Africa National Department of Health (NDOH) TB prevention and control efforts, working closely with national and provincial partners to close gap areas identified and further develop sustainable systems which can carry forward long-term improvements in TB and drug-resistant (DR) TB diagnosis, care, and treatment services. The USAID TB ARE II project builds on the activities and approaches utilized by the USAID TB Program South Africa, which from 2009-2015 has supported the NDOH in improving early case detection, increasing access to diagnostics, ensuring treatment support for patients on TB treatment, and ensuring that there is provision of appropriate and timely HIV care for TB patients and ART treatment for all TB/HIV co-infected patients. The USAID TB Program has worked closely with the NTP to build
national support by mobilizing resources and creating a conducive environment for expansion of TB services, as well as with provincial and district health departments to support the collaborative development of need-based strategies to combat TB, TB/HIV and DR TB, and with communities to create appropriate social mobilization and service delivery models for rapid expansion of directly observed treatment short-course (DOTS) in the country.
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