The Southern Africa Tuberculosis and Health Systems Support (SATBHSS) project is a regional project that was launched in 2016 with the aim of strengthening the health sector’s response to Tuberculosis and occupational lung diseases. It is implemented in four (4) Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States: Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. The African Union Development Agency –NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD) and East, Central and Southern Africa Health
Community (ECSA-HC) collaborate to provide regional coordination & technical support in project implementation in the participating countries.
The project, which is funded by the World Bank aims at (i) improving the coverage and quality of TB control and occupational lung disease services; (ii) strengthening the regional capacity to manage the burden of TB and
occupational lung diseases; and (iii) strengthening country-level and crossborder preparedness and response to disease outbreaks.
This project responds to some of the challenges of Tuberculosis in Africa by targeting the most affected areas and communities in low income countries. The project targets interventions in the mining communities, transport corridors and cross-border areas of the participating countries in the SADC region. The project contributes to regional, continental and global frameworks on Tuberculosis such as the SADC Strategic Framework for Control of Tuberculosis, the African Union Catalytic Framework to End AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030, and the World Health Organization
(WHO) End TB Strategy respectively, among others.