Globally, The burden of tuberculosis and malaria is astounding, killing many in developing countries, and debilitating many times more. Building on more than 30 years of providing development assistance and technical expertise around the world, Chemonics brings diverse skills and wide-ranging experience to the fight against the spread of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria that exact a heavy toll on developing countries.
Focused pilot projects. The Essential Health Services Program in Angola, worked with the Ministry of Health and local partners to strengthen governance of health sector services to expand access to and increase community demand for high-quality health services in targeted provinces. While the project took an integrated approach to tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, malaria and reduction of maternal, newborn, and child mortality, focused activities were also necessary. For instance, the Tuberculosis Pilot project 1) assisted project staff and health facility staff in proper data collection, management, and use for both malaria (Sentinel Sites) and tuberculosis (in selected facilities); 2) helped to assure quality in clinical and laboratory diagnosis of both malaria and tuberculosis; and 3) oversaw training of master trainers in three target provinces.
Private sector partnerships. Through the Tuberculosis Initiatives for the Private Sector project in the Philippines, Chemonics pioneered private-sector delivery of directly observed therapy, short-course (DOTS) for tuberculosis. As a subcontractor on the follow-on project, Linking Initiatives and Networking to Control Tuberculosis (TB LINC), Chemonics works to improve the policy, financing, and regulatory environment for DOTS implementation, expand private-sector involvement, and builds systems capacity for high-quality implementation.
Public sector support. The Peru Quality Healthcare project uses the Performance Improvement Methodology approach to improve the quality of curative and preventative tuberculosis services in support of achieving the National Sanitary Strategy for the Control of Tuberculosis priorities. The Malawi Indoor Residual Spraying Activity supports the planning, management, and implementation of a high-quality indoor residual spraying program in select districts throughout Malawi, by partnering with the National Malaria Control Program’s effort to dramatically scale up its nationwide indoor residual spraying program.
NGO capacity building. The Smiling Sun Franchise Program in Bangladesh is contributing to the National Tuberculosis Control Program by strengthening the capacity of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to deliver DOTS in urban areas. NGOs provide DOTS through Smiling Sun clinics in city corporations in Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, and Khulna. Some clincs also have microscopy centers to enable the diagnosis of tuberculosis, and one has an External Quality Assurance Center to ensure quality of laboratory services.