“In a period of 3 month approximately 500 people get infected by TB of which 37% of them are infected by HIV/AIDs in Tabora region”, said Dr. Sebastian Pima, Regional Coordinator TB and Leprosy during a three day training organized by The Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation (BMF) with aim of sharpening community health workers, non-governmental organizations, private pharmaceutical businesses, and traditional medicine practitioner with skills in providing quality HIV/AIDs and TB services.
These trainings which occurred simultaneously in the regions of Tabora and Kigoma took place from 27th – 29th June 2016 at George’s conference in Tabora and VETA conference hall in Kigoma.
The trainees attentively following during a training held in Kigoma
Speaking at the training in Tabora, Dr. Sebastian Pima said that “based on the statistics of 2013, more than 65,732 individuals have tested positive for TB and among them 54,504 individuals (equivalent to 83%) were tested for HIV and out of them 20,072 have tested positive for virus.
In his elaborations Dr. Pima said that TB is an opportunistic disease with high role in contributing to increase in HIV prevalence rate and if no immediate action is taken in ensuring the community is well informed about the disease so as to take preventive measures including testing hence those found positive to enroll in treatment.
In Kigoma, Dr. Festo Branuba Regional Coordinator TB and Leprosy said that statistics shows that Tanzania ranks number 4 in Africa on TB cases, Kigoma is among the leading region. He continues the survey conducted in 2014 shows that out 2,127,930 people, 931 have be diagnosed with the disease.
Photo of trainees in class during the TB and HIV/AIDS training conducted by BMF in Tabora
Speaking at the training representative from The Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation, Mr. Joseph Kaphipa, Program Manager Community Health Workers, said that the project will be implemented for a period of 22 month starting from March 2016 to December 2017, under the support from Global Fund to fight against AIDs, TB and Malaria. He urges the participants to consider the lessons taught to enable them identify TB patients and reduce increase of more TB patients and HIV within the region
Shabani Kapele and Jane Masita among the trainees commented that, these training they received is very crucial and it is very important to be conducted country wide so as to get more skilled personnel who can provide quality TB and HIV/AIDS services.