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USAID, ASR Africa collaborate to enhance tuberculosis care across Nigeria

Renovated Facilities and Diagnostic Equipment Handover Aims to Tackle the Triple Burden of TB, Drug-Resistant TB, and HIV-Associated TB

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In a concerted effort to address Nigeria’s formidable health challenges, the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has partnered with the Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR) to refurbish and equip ten Tuberculosis (TB) facilities across strategic states. The handover ceremony, held in Lagos, Anambra, Oyo, Rivers, Kano, Bauchi, and Katsina, signifies a collaborative endeavor aimed at providing crucial services for TB screening and treatment.

Nigeria grapples with a triple burden of TB, drug-resistant TB, and HIV-associated TB, positioning it among the top 10 countries globally with the highest number of undetected TB cases. The nation accounts for 4.6 percent of the global TB burden, ranking first in Africa and sixth worldwide. Alarming statistics reveal approximately 11 deaths every hour due to TB, translating to nearly 264 deaths daily, over 8,160 monthly, and reaching 98,000 annually.

In 2022, USAID, in partnership with ASR Africa, responded to Nigeria’s urgent TB care needs with a $500,000 contribution, focusing on TB control and addressing gender-based violence (GBV). This contribution aligns with USAID’s comprehensive $78 million, five-year TB Local Organization Network Activity, dedicated to detecting, treating, and reporting TB cases.

ASR Africa’s support facilitated the renovation of ten Tuberculosis Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) centers and the distribution of over 2,000 dignity kits to GBV survivors in selected states, including Kano, Katsina, Bauchi, Lagos, Oyo, Rivers, and Anambra. The partnership also saw the provision of 11 TB Lamp diagnostic machines and laboratory supplies.

The TB-LAMP diagnostic machines have played a pivotal role in effective TB diagnosis, with all identified individuals receiving treatment at the renovated TB DOT centers. Additionally, the dignity kits have bolstered services for GBV survivors, aligning with USAID’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program.

USAID, in collaboration with the Government of Nigeria and the private sector, has been at the forefront of the TB response since 2003. The collaborative efforts have contributed to a nearly 50 percent reduction in tuberculosis-related deaths.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Omosalewa Oyelaran, USAID/Nigeria Deputy Director HIV/AIDS and TB Office, emphasized the transformative potential of private sector partnerships in catalyzing sustainable results. Dr. Ubon Udoh, ASR Managing Director/CEO, echoed the commitment of ASR Africa’s Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, in investing resources to address critical developmental issues in health, education, and social development across the African continent.

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