Published: 04 October 2018
Experts from laboratory systems strengthening, disease surveillance and outbreak response, health policy, and Africa Centre for Disease Control (CDC) gathered in Lusaka, Zambia for a three day meeting of the 2nd regional Community of Practice (CoP) on laboratory and surveillance. During the meeting, the experts reviewed the guidelines for Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) TB surveillance. The guidelines will now be finalized in readiness for adoption by Member States.
Published: 04 October 2018
Tuberculosis kills more people than HIV/AIDS and malaria. In 2016, the disease claimed the lives of 1.7 million people worldwide, over 25% of these deaths occurred in Africa. So how can the burden of this disease be addressed in Africa? Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, NEPAD Agency CEO has pointed out the urgent need to increase domestic resources to fund interventions to end TB on the continent. Dr Mayaki was speaking at the Africa side event on the margins of the first ever United Nations High Level Meeting on TB (UNHLMTB) in New York, USA on 25th September 2018.
Published: 24 August 2018
Since 2017, the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Republic of South Africa have jointly established two cross border zones for disease surveillance in Thabo Mofutsanyane, Leribe and Butha Buthe and Thabo Mofutsanyane and Maseru respectively. In an effort to expand and strengthen disease surveillance, the two countries have established a 3rd cross border zone in Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek and Wepener and Zaztron districts. This was achieved during a joint four (4) day meeting from 13 – 16 August 2018 that took place in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
Published: 10 August 2018
Prolonged exposure to dust, poor ventilation, and inadequate control of other related hazards pose a risk in work environments. In addressing this burden, the NEPAD Agency organized an intensive short course for occupational hygienists to build a pool of professionals that can anticipate, recognize, evaluate exposure, recommend appropriate measures and ensure adherence to international policies and standards. The short course took place in Kitwe, Zambia from 23 – 27 July 2018.
Published: 07 August 2018
Malawi has adopted the One Health Approach to combating diseases. In efforts to further strengthen disease surveillance, the country has successfully completed the second multi-sectoral training in laboratory based disease surveillance involving Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR), environmental and laboratory officers. The training took place in Salima district from 23 – 27 July 2018.
Published: 26 July 2018
Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have come together to establish the first cross border disease surveillance committee under the Southern Africa Tuberculosis and Health Systems Support (SATBHSS) project. The main aim of this is to strengthen coordination of cross-border disease surveillance, conditions and events of public health importance, as well as joint response to disease outbreaks and emergency preparedness across borders using One Health Approach.
Published: 12 July 2018
A Joint External Evaluation (JEE) of public health systems in Lesotho shows a score of 1 out of a possible 5 on two components related to public health emergency preparedness and priority public health risk assessment. In an effort to address this and strengthen public health systems, the Ministry of Health of Lesotho in collaboration with East Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC) and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) organized a capacity building workshop on Threats Hazards Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA).  
Published: 29 June 2018
Under the Southern Africa Tuberculosis and Health Systems Support (SATBHSS) project, a total of 11 laboratories from Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia have undergone a successful assessment using the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) Stepwise Laboratory Quality Improvement Process Towards Accreditation (SLIPTA). This exercise took place from 14th May – 01st June 2018 and is a follow up from the baseline assessment conducted in 2017.
Published: 26 June 2018
Lesotho is among the 30 High-Burden TB countries in the world, as classified by World Health Organization (WHO) and only 46% of TB cases were detected in 2017. Addressing this challenge requires finding the missing TB cases. Hence, the Ministry of Health of Lesotho has received Digital Mobile X-Rays under the Southern Africa Tuberculosis and Health Systems Support (SATBHSS) Project to improve TB service delivery, especially in the rural communities and find the missing TB cases.
Published: 15 June 2018
One third of the world’s TB burden is in Southern Africa. Addressing this problem requires breaking silos and working across national borders. NEPAD Agency and East Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC) organized an interactive satellite session on the sidelines of the 5th South Africa TB Conference in Durban, South Africa on 13 June to increase synergies of innovative regional efforts to tackle the TB burden.