TB/HIV Care Association

CDC partners with TB/HIV Care Association to speed diagnosis and treatment of TB, increasing efficiency and saving lives & money

Harry Hausler, CEO, TB/HIV Care Association

Without CDC funding , 90,000 fewer people would have been tested for HIV or screened for TB… This helps them [the Department of Health] to achieve their vision.” — Prof. Harry Hausler, CEO, TB/HIV Care Association

TB/HIV Care Association is a non-profit organization that aims to improve TB management by increasing access to TB and HIV diagnosis, care, treatment and community-based adherence support. They have focused specifically on the challenges associated with undiagnosed and untreated TB, HIV, and sexually transmitted infections. By addressing these challenges the organization contributes to the overall decrease of morbidity and mortality among South Africans by decreasing transmission, and improving clinical response. The Association’s integrated approach to addressing both TB and HIV issues has made TB/HIV Care Association a pioneer in implementing a parallel system of support for TB and HIV clients.

In 2007 a PEPFAR grant administered through CDC was given to TB/HIV Care Association to establish Project Integrate, an extension of the TB Care program that aims to integrate TB and HIV care.

This grant came to an end in 2012, but a new five-year cooperative agreement was awarded to the organization to support the work of the South African National and Provincial Departments of Health. Work is done in accordance with the goals of the South African National Strategic Plan and aim to achieve the four zeros:

  • zero new HIV and TB infection;
  • zero new infections due to mother to child transmission;
  • zero preventable deaths associated with HIV and TB, and
  • zero discrimination associated with HIV and TB.

TB/HIV Care Association implements comprehensive HIV prevention programs in the rural district of Sisonke in KwaZulu-Natal province, in Cape Town and the West Coast, Western Cape, and in Alfred Nzo and OR Tambo districts in the Eastern Cape. The Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal are two South African provinces with the highest HIV and TB rates.

TB/HIV Care Association

TB/HIV Care Association works in HIV and TB affected communities in townships and informal settlements, and in hard-to-reach rural areas

The organization works with men and women who in the reproductive age group with comprehensive HIV and TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment and adherence support. These interventions aim to prevent HIV through HIV counseling and testing and behavioral interventions; prevent HIV through biomedical interventions and structural interventions; and build capacity to strengthen TB/HIV integration.

For more information, please visit www.tbhivcare.orgExternal.

Page last reviewed: January 29, 2013
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