Kenya is currently rated 15th among the 22 high TB burden countries that collectively contribute 80% of the global TB burden. TB is a major cause of morbidity, with 89 796 cases notified in 2013.
TB is ranked the 4th leading cause of death in Kenya with the World Health Organization estimating that TB prevalence in 2013 stood at 283 per 100,000 people. TB treatment success rate among new smear-positive cases averages 88% among HIV-negative patients, 82% among People Living with HIV (PLHIV), and approximately 68% among those being treated for MDR-TB. Children also continue to bear high TB disease burden with 10,634 cases reported among children below 15 years in 2012. Based on existing data in Kenya the following groups high-risk groups are categorized as having high rates of TB or underserved by health services; Urban slums dwellers, moderately and severely malnourished individuals, health care workers, mobile/migrant populations, refugees, prisoners, uniformed service personnel, people living with HIV and contacts of TB patients.
This project is implemented in Busia and Mombasa counties and it focuses on:
- Strengthening community health support system and TB stakeholders engagement in the counties for effective delivery of comprehensive TB care, increased community support for TB and coordinated TB efforts
- Contributing to increased treatment success rates of through defaulter tracing, treatment support and health system strengthening
- Contributing to increased case notification rates in the counties using appropriate, innovative and active case finding methods