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Strengthening TB case finding in Mining Sector of Southern Africa

Equipping field staff with communication material under TB in the Mining Sector in Southern Africa Programme

June 2017, Machava, Mozambique. ADPP Mozambique, a Stop TB Partner, is undertaking active TB case finding covering a population of 214,000 mineworkers, ex-mineworkers, their family members and their communities with the aim of reducing the TB burden in Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zambia.

 

In June 2017, 134 community outreach workers across eight countries have been provided with communication materials including a programme manual for outreach workers to refer while they work and flipcharts that helps provide key messages in a story form.  Information pamphlets on TB, patient pamphlet to guide TB patients and posters with key TB messages including signs and symptoms, TB/HIV etc are also progressively being rolled out to the countries. This will assist community outreach workers in their intensified case finding tasks and create awareness on TB and HIV/TB in the communities where the miners live. These materials have been designed specifically for this project and are tailored to the information needs of mining communities. The material will also serve to ensure the standardization of messages being disseminated amongst similar communities across eight countries.

 

The development of these materials involved a close partnership between ADPP Mozambique and another Stop TB partner, TB Alert, thanks to funding from The Global Fund and with input and feedback from important stakeholders including the Wits Health Consortium and the WHO Civil Society Taskforce on Tuberculosis. Olga Guerrero from ADPP and Sameer Sah from TB Alert, who were involved in developing the material had to consider field realities, differing languages and cultures in the design process. The material was field tested in Mozambique before being finalized and published in various languages, including patient pamphlets and general information pamphlets in English, Portuguese and ten other local languages, to serve the needs in ten countries covered under the TIMS project.

 

 

Kesegofetse Gaolebe, one of the outreach worker from Francistown in Botswana said, “The colours and images in the material now make it easier to provide key messages in an interesting way that local communities find easy to understand. I am sure that this will make a big positive difference in the way we communicate with communities.”