Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Tuberculosis Infection in Zimbabwe under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
In sub-Saharan Africa, TB is the leading killer of persons living with HIV (PLHIV), and Zimbabwe is one of 22 countries WHO designated as high-burden for TB incidence. Infection prevention and control (IPC), and particularly TB infection control (TBIC) activities are critical to protect patients and health care workers (HCW) from healthcare-associated transmission of airborne infectious diseases. With PEPFAR support, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) recently launched its National IPC Strategic Plan and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework, which seeks to support the nationwide operationalization of this plan at the provincial, district and facility levels through the establishment of IPC committees (IPCCs), tools and processes for ongoing M&E, and implementation of facility-specific IPC plans. By the end of the project period, all provincial, district and high-volume facilities in the country will have functioning IPCCs with ongoing monitoring and reporting processes in place. Through national policy development with the MOHCC and establishment of provincial wellness teams, the awardee will implement annual screening and treatment of TB among HCW and also implement educational materials addressing occupational TB risk and prevention for clinical pre-service training. By the end of the project period, all activities should be executed by the MOHCC; as such, central tenets of this project will include capacity building and collaborative programming.
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