October 12, 2022, Centre for Health Solutions – Kenya (CHS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health National TB Program and Mombasa County hosted United States Agency for International Development Kenya and East Africa Mission Director David Gosney at Jomvu Model Health Centre for a TB Programming best practices, lesson learned and experience sharing session.
Kenya is among the high burden TB countries globally with Mombasa County ranking among the top high burden counties. CHS is working closely with the Ministry of Health National TB Program, County governments and other partners in reducing the incidence, and TB related morbidity, and mortality through its USAID Kenya supported Tuberculosis Accelerated Response and Care II (TB ARC II) activity and Introducing New Tools Project (iNTP).
Through TB ARC II activity, CHS is strengthening TB service delivery in health facilities like Jomvu Model Health Centre by;
- Training health workers through on job training and continuous medical education
- Supporting TB sample referral
- Supporting clinical review meetings for Drug Resistant TB patients and,
- Providing reporting and documentation tools among others
Additionally, through iNTP, CHS has placed two latest WHO approved TB diagnostic tools to improve TB prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and cure at the facility. They include an intelligence- enabled digital chest x-ray particularly useful for screening patients in high-risk groups and hard-to-reach areas, and a battery powered Truenat machine which generates TB results within an hour.
Data from the facility indicates a trajectory utilisation of the tools in the facility since their installation in June this year.
CHS remains committed in supporting health facilities in Kenya like Jomvu Model Health Centre to provide quality of care patient centred TB services.