TB incidence in Malawi has increased dramatically over the last 30 years, which is largely attributable to the emergence of HIV/AIDS and high levels of poverty. TB is a leading cause of suffering and death in Malawi; and yet only half of all TB cases are currently detected.
Target TB has been working with its local partner Sue Ryder Foundation in Malawi since 2005. We are currently implementing two projects with SRFIM to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of TB with poor and vulnerable communities in Malawi:
The Umodzi TB Project is improving access to TB information, diagnosis and treatment to 128,135 people in the Bwanje Valley area of rural Ntcheu district. A network of trained community volunteers are working hand in hand with local government health service to bring health education and TB diagnosis to the heart of rural communities.
Kutukula Umoyo is an innovative new three year project which aims to improve the health of pregnant mothers and children under-5 through preventing and treating TB, a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in these vulnerable groups. Over the next 3 years the project will enable more than 50,000 pregnantwomen and children to be screened for TB, through integrating TB information and advice in ante-natal and HIV services at health facility level.
Our thanks go to Comic Relief, which funds ‘Kutukula Umoyo’.
52% of Malawians live in poverty on less than $1.25 per day. Average life expectancy in Malawi is just 54 years
Malawi has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world and 63% of TB patients are also HIV positive
In Malawi 112 out of every 1,000 children die before their 5th birthday.
675 women die giving birth out of 100,000 live births
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