Combined HIV–TB services reach across Tanzania

About half of Tanzanians diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) are also infected with HIV. Unfortunately, approaches for treating AIDS and TB have traditionally been separate. Patients seldom have opportunities to be diagnosed or treated for both infections, and steps that would bring services closer together—such as providing HIV tests for people with TB or TB tests for people with HIV—are simpler in theory than they are on the ground.

PATH is helping to solve this challenge. Last year our team trained more than 2,000 health workers in TB and TB–HIV infection control. The project expanded to 31 districts—roughly a third of the country—and improved services for more than 49,000 people. The model is strengthening Tanzania’s health system and demonstrating that high-quality TB–HIV services can be provided and scaled up in low-resource settings.

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Photo: David Jacobs.

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High-quality TB–HIV services can be provided and scaled up in low-resource settings.