TB In the Mining Sector (TIMS) - Phalombe,Chiradzulu and Neno Districts
DAPP Malawi secured a grant from ADPP Mozambique funded by Global Fund to implement a Tuberculosis in Mining Sector (TIMS) Programme. WITS Health Consortium (WHC) sub granted ADPP Mozambique to implement the programme in 10 southern African countries including Malawi. The TB burden in Malawi is 2 times higher than estimated. Miners have a two-fold increased risk to develop TB compared to the general population due to lung injury from occupational exposure, hence Ministry of Health through the National TB Program approved the project. The project started in July 2016 and will end December 2017.
The idea of the project is to prevent the spread of Tuberculosis amongst the key populations (Miners, Ex – miners, their families and communities where they stay) within the mining communities of Chiradzulu, Phalombe and Neno districts. The project aims at increasing TB case finding amongst Mining Sector Key population and access to information on TB/ HIV &AIDS prevention, Testing and Counselling, care and treatment to presumptive TB patients. The project will conduct awareness and sensitization campaigns, TB screening, “Active Case Findings” and Contact Tracing. The project will used door-to-door campaign; realization of workshops at workplace or mining sites; use of Peer Educators and Local Radio for information dissemination. The Project target is to screen 15,000 key population in the Mining sector.