SPARK-TB project receives wave two funding in Uganda

The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease's Uganda Office recently announced that the reception of wave two funding to continue the Slum Partnerships to Actively Respond to Tuberculosis in Kampala project.

The SPARK-TB program received its year two funding from TB-REACH, an initiative led by the Stop TB Partnership. The second year of the project will focus on consolidating and strengthening gains made in its first year and fostering the sustainability of established public-private partnerships with the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Program.

SPARK-TB is meant to improve access to quality TB treatment and diagnosis within private health facilities for the urban poor in the slums of the Kampala district by facilitating PPPs.

While many people in Kampala first turn to private-for-profit clinics for medical care, the clinics are expensive and tend to offer poor TB services. More than 50 percent of Kampala's population lives in slum areas and slum residents have little access to adequate TB services.

In 2012, the union developed partnerships with 100 PFP clinics to build their capacity through training, support supervision, the dissemination of national TB guidelines and the provision of tools for recording and reporting data. Through a national external quality assurance scheme and advocacy, communication and social mobilization activities, the union helped facilitate the detection of 633 TB cases that would not have been detected otherwise.

Through the SPARK-TB project, the union is attempting to increase TB case detection, reduce transmission, prevent drug-resistant TB from developing and ultimately reduce the number of TB-related deaths.