New ways to diagnose and treat malaria, tuberculosis, and other diseases
With economic growth and improvements in health services, East Africa’s most populous country has dramatically reduced maternal and child mortality and the burden of HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria. Much more remains to be done, however, to help Tanzanians maximize their health and well-being.
Since 2005, PATH has collaborated with the government of Tanzania and other partners to improve health and save lives. We have contributed to striking improvements in health outcomes through innovation, integration of health services, better use of data to guide decision-making, community-based approaches, and advocacy for needed policy changes.
Our work in Tanzania
Today, much of PATH’s work in Tanzania focuses on improving the diagnosis and treatment of malaria and TB; enhancing child health; and helping to strengthen disease surveillance. Examples of our work include:
Malaria: To improve malaria detection and treatment, PATH has helped Tanzania roll out the use of rapid diagnostic tests. Through the PATH-led, multicountry MalariaCare partnership, we also provide training and supervision at hundreds of facilities to improve case management and treatment as well as diagnosis. PATH is also building supply chains across challenging geography and supporting a government study on resistance to artemisinin-based combination therapy.
Tuberculosis: PATH’s decade of work on TB in Tanzania has given us a detailed understanding of the disease and the best ways to address it locally. Our innovations have contributed to great strides in diagnosis and treatment. This work has included helping communities improve detection and treatment adherence, developing a model to integrate TB and HIV services, and supporting the development of guidelines for pediatric TB.
Better immunization data: PATH and our partners in the BID Initiative are working to improve immunization rates in Tanzania by creating more reliable, accessible, and usable data. In addition to building a national electronic immunization registry, we are helping to overcome critical obstacles in information systems, data management, and the practices of people who use them. Eventually, the data systems will improve health service delivery far beyond immunizations.Strengthening disease surveillance: In collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other partners, PATH is helping to improve global health security by strengthening disease surveillance. We are assisting the government in building systems to detect disease outbreaks and improving communication and collaboration across sectors and among subnational, national, and international levels of authority.
Photo: PATH/Doune Porter.
Improving health by improving data collection, quality, and use
Global health security
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An overview of our work in Tanzania