Tackling TB, including in conflict affected areas

About the Project

The Six TB educational bookletsImproving proper diagnosis of TB helps in providing the correct and timely treatment (Photo: UNDP Sudan)

Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious health problem in Sudan, with the country carrying fifteen per cent of the TB burden in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Conflict and instability in Sudan has affected the capacity of TB programme provision. The overall aim of this project is to drastically reduce the TB burden in Sudan, particularly among poor and vulnerable populations, as well as improve strengthen the healthcare systems delivering this treatment. The aim is to reduce mortality, morbidity and transmission of the disease until the disease no longer poses a threat to public health in Sudan.
The project aims to scale up and strengthen the quality of the World Health Organization’s standard TB strategy, known as DOTs (Directly Observed Treatment, Short-Course), including in war-affected and post conflict regions. It also seeks to raise awareness amongst communities and in political circles. This will includecampaigning for positive perceptions towards TB prevention, treatment, efficacy and adherence, in addition to reducing stigmatizing attitudes. This project also seeks to reduce the burden of TB/HIV in patients and people living with HIV/AIDS

Health System Strengthening
A health system strengthening project implementation mechanism was created within the Ministry of Health. Equipment to upgrade five rural hospitals, 25 health centres, 15 laboratories and five health academies were procured and handed over to the ministry of health.  Almost 90 health management personnel from 114 localities were trained in decision-making, teamwork, effective meetings, health planning and district health management.  Some 60 PHC workers have received an Integrated on-job training (bridging courses) to build their skills necessary to cope with the demand posed by the three diseases. In addition 20 health managers from states and localities received short training course (2-weeks) on health economics/financing.

Achievements to Date

Addressing TB control in War Affected, Post conflict Areas and Other ChallengesUNDP focuses on strengthening proper diagnosis of TB through the provision of better equipment. (Photo: UNDP Sudan)

During 2013 TB treatment was provided to 10,672 TB cases while the project detected 3,184 new smear positive TB cases.Out of 3,322 new smear positive TB cases detected in 2012 (Q1&Q2), there were 2,576 cases reported as successfully treated (77.5% treatment success rate).  A further 60TB cases were diagnosed as MDR-TB cases and put on treatment..Almost 585people were trained on TB management, contact tracing and management, PPM, DOTS links and health communication skills.2000 TB patients have received HIV counseling and testing services.


  TB R8
Phase 1 SSF-TB/HSS   $19,851,519.02
Phase 2 SSF-TB/HSS   $25,416,185.98


TB R5 $11,684,917
TB R8 $3,886,314
SSF-TB/HSS Phase 1 $15,587,385.09

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