Challenge TB is the primary mechanism for implementing USAID’s vision of a world free of TB and its global End TB Strategy, while supporting implementation of the TBCTA coalition. This includes a decline in TB mortality by 35 percent and a 20 percent reduction in incidence compared to 2015 levels, and no more affected families facing catastrophic costs due to TB by 2019. To achieve this vision, the project complements existing and planned efforts to provide global technical leadership and support to national tuberculosis programs and other in-country partners. Challenge TB also contributes to TB and HIV activities under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). MSH is the lead implementing partner of Challenge TB in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and South Sudan, and the sub in Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria.
Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program
The SIAPS Program, funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), builds on the achievements of its predecessor, the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program, by working to assure the availability of quality pharmaceutical products and effective pharmaceutical services to achieve desired health outcomes. The program promotes and uses a systems-strengthening approach consistent with the Global Health Initiative (GHI) that will result in an improved and sustainable health impact. SIAPS’ approach emphasizes GHI principles, especially improving metrics, monitoring, and evaluation; empowering local governments and organizations; and increasing country ownership.
Help Ethiopia Address the Low Tuberculosis Performance (HEAL TB) is a five-year program implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in Ethiopia. HEAL TB assists the government of Ethiopia to improve, expand, and sustain tuberculosis (TB) services through a comprehensive package of TB control interventions with four core technical areas: 1) Expand Directly Observed Treatment Short course (DOTS), 2) Response to Emergence of MDR-TB, 3) TB/HIV Collaboration, and 4) Health System Strengthening (HSS). The program works in close partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), including the Regional and Zonal level regional health bureaus. It also collaborates with the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), All Africa Leprosy, TB, Rehabilitation, Research and Training Centre (ALERT), the Kenya Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (KAPTLD) and Global Fund (GF) to implement the program.
Uganda’s National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program – TRACK Tuberculosis Activity (TRACK TB) is a five-year cooperative agreement being implemented by Management Sciences for Health alongside two partners (subcontracters): the AIDS Information Centre/Uganda; and the Curry International Tuberculosis Center (CITC) at the University of California in San Francisco. The project’s goal is to increase TB case detection and treatment success rates to meet national targets for reducing the burden of tuberculosis, multidrug resistant TB (MDR-TB) and TB/HIV co-infection.
GRANT MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS (GMS) PROJECT
GMS provides technical support to countries receiving grants from the Global Fund. This technical support is in the appropriate language, country specific, and immediately responsive to the needs of country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs), principal recipients (PRs) and sub-recipients (SRs) of grants from the Global Fund with the aim of improved functioning of these grants. This aim is itself intended to yield better quality and more effective programs designed to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. GMS’s mandate now includes three main objectives:
Objective 1: GMS’s prime objective is to provide urgent, short-term, management-related technical support to Global Fund grantees
Objective 2: GMS aims to develop the capacity of regional organizations and consultants so that they, rather than GMS or other projects or entitities, may offer urgent technical support to improve performance of CCMs, PRs and SRs.
Objective 3: GMS aims to develop tools and other materials for the Global Fund community and platforms for sharing them.