Eradicate TB Project Starts Up

Eradicate TB Project Starts Up

Initiatives Inc. is excited to announce our newest project, Eradicate TB – Zambia, in partnership with prime contractor PATH.

Zambia is among eight countries with high incidences of TB and TB-HIV co-infection. Annually, an estimated 63,000 (391/100,000) Zambians are infected with TB and 12,774 die of TB. In Zambia,1.2 million people are living with HIV (12.9 percent prevalence) and TB incidence is five times higher in persons infected with HIV than those not infected. In partnership with PATH, Initiatives implements the USAID-funded Eradicate TB project (ETB), which has two primary objectives: (1) increase the number of individuals screened for TB in the target provinces by 50% above the 2015 baseline, thereby increasing the number of people diagnosed with TB; and (2) increase TB treatment success rate to at least 85% in the target provinces.

In support of the National TB and Leprosy Control Programme, ETB works across six provinces in Zambia to implement a comprehensive package of health systems and TB service delivery interventions aimed at strengthening the availability and quality of TB prevention, diagnostics and treatment services. As a subcontractor to PATH, Initiatives brings its innovative approaches to human resource management strengthening and organizational capacity development to enhance the effectiveness of TB management and service delivery staff to address the epidemic. Our technical support will improve staff management, competencies and performance and will build the organizational capacity of civil society groups collaborating with the project and NTP to improve TB case detection, treatment and care.

Democratic Republic of the Congo Social Media Training

Democratic Republic of the Congo Social Media Training

By: Rebecca Furth, Senior Technical Advisor, Initiatives Inc.

Photo Credit: Rebecca Furth

African nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) often have trouble communicating their work and making their organizations known. This limits their ability to create partnerships, generate interest, and mobilize resources. In the past, skilled web developers were required to create websites, often at a prohibitive cost for NGOs with scant overhead funds. The advent of web-builder sites, such as Wix, Weebly, and Jimdo, provides an opportunity for African NGOs to create their own websites and increase their visibility without making large investments.

To address communication gaps and increase organizational visibility among the four local partners Initiatives supports in the Democratic Republic of the Congo under the Challenge TB project, Initiatives developed several tools that guide the selection and use of web-builder platforms and the creation of basic websites. In September 2016, we conducted an online seminar to orient our NGO partners to the different options, the skill and time investment required, and the associated costs of different web-building platforms. Most organizations were not aware that web-builder sites existed, or that creating a basic website could be done without programming skills. They were surprised that the costs of creating a domain could be as low as $7.50 per month, or that it was possible to create a website for free using a sub-domain. Using the tools Initiatives developed, our staff walked partners through an online presentation to familiarize them to the options available, the basic steps in creating a home page, and what basic additional pages they might consider adding, at least for a start. We also discussed different social media platforms as well as their uses and limitations for organizational communication.
 
Our partners have taken some important steps over the last four months. One organization has built a very nice website using WordPress that includes a homepage and four additional pages that describe the organization, the team, partners, and resources. Other organizations are in the process of developing their websites. In the meantime, three of the four organizations also have Facebook pages and one has even begun to post videos on YouTube. The Initiatives’ team will follow up with partners over the next six months to offer additional support to the organizations to help them complete and launch their websites, but the active use of social media platforms is encouraging.

Check out our partners’ website and Facebook pages below:
La Fondation Femme Plus 
Club des Amis Damien
Ligue Nationale Antituberculeuse et Antilépreuse du Congo
Les Ambassadeurs de Lutte contre la Tuberculose