Zambia is one of the world’s poorest countries and has one of the highest incidences of TB. 80% of TB cases in Zambia occur in people in their most economically productive years (aged 15-49). Lost household income means families struggle to survive, creating a vicious cycle of ill health and poverty.
Target TB is working with 2 partners in Zambia, Zambia Tuberculosis and Leprosy Trust (ZATULET) and Bwafwano Integrated Services Organisation (BISO).
Target TB and ZATULET: have recently completed the five year ‘Empowering Communities to prevent and treat Tuberculosis in Zambia’ project. Implemented in 5 districts of Zambia the project trained and supported over 200 community volunteers who provided treatment adherence support to 5,406 TB patients and reached more than 250,000 people with education in TB and HIV.
Target TB and BISO: have recently completed a five year project to provide community based care and support services for people affected by TB and HIV/Aids in Mkushi district, Zambia.
Over the 5 years the project provided comprehensive home based care and support services to 388 TB patients, 822 people living with HIV/Aids and 790 orphans and vulnerable children.
Zatulet project funded by Big Lottery Fund
64% of Zambians live in poverty on less than $1.25 per day and average life expectancy is just 49 years
Zambia has a high HIV prevalence of 14% and 70% of all TB patients are also HIV positive
Zambia has the 2nd highest number of orphans and vulnerable children in Africa, with 50% of the estimated 1.3 million orphans and vulnerable children due to HIV related deaths
BISO project funded by Comic Relief