TBSAP awarded Mosamaria AIDS Ministry funding for a Drug Susceptible (DS) – TB program from the 1st February 2017. Mosamaria has been a visible partner in the Mangaung Metro District for HIV and DRTB support as well as in the supported Primary Health Care settings.
Mosamaria’s contribution into management of TB in the community includes patient tracing, directly observed treatment and family education. This is consistent with the Mangaung Metro district operational plan 2018/2019.
Mosamaria has had long standing and fruitful partnerships with the departments of Health, Social Development, Home Affairs and Education both at District and Provincial levels. Mosamaria also has a relationship of trust with the local Mangaung Metro communities because of the direct services of New Start HTS, ART Adherence Clubs, DRTB programme and OVC programme.
Through TBSAP funding, Mosamaria is supporting nine (9) clinics (Kagisanong, MUCPP, Freedom Square, Bloemspruit, Mmabana, Batho, Opkoms, Thusong and Heidedal CHC) in Bloemfontein. The aim is to increase TB screening, conduct Directly Observed Treatment (DOT), manage contact screening and provide holistic care to people infected and affected by TB, HIV and diabetes; and reduce loss to follow up.
Forty-Five Community health workers (CHW) have been allocated to over 500 patients for DOT. This model encourages continuous relationships between the care giver, the patient and community leaders who are source of support to all TB patients on treatment.
The programme is running very well under the capable leadership of Mme Florina Tlali who is ably assisted by Sr.Thelma Koaho and Mme Sandra Botsime for M&E. The number of patients in our care is increasing above the targeted 500 because there are so many new TB cases at each of these clinics. All the patients are doing very well and we are confident that they will be cured by the end of their treatment period. The only challenge is those who are have co-morbidity with HIV and do not take their ART diligently.