TB fight: Private sector steps up

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Fiona Ruzha, H-Metro Reporter

Ministry of Health and Child Care has engaged private sector in the tuberculosis fight through the Stop TB Partnership, to strengthen the country’s response for TB prevention, treatment, care and support.

The Stop TB Partnership Zimbabwe yesterday held a breakfast meeting with the private sector which was meant for collective efforts in reaching the 2035 target since Zimbabwe is among top the eight countries in Africa heavily burdened by TB, TB/HIV and MDR-TB.

Jointed Hands Welfare Organisation being the host for the Stop TB Partnership is working with the Ministry of Health and Child Care, WHO, UNOPS in fighting TB.

Speaking during the meeting, TB and HIV officer in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Martin Mapfurira said the engagement of the private sector was critical in the fight against TB.

“To end TB, there is need for a multi sectorial approach to fight the epidemic thus working with the private sector never been this important.

“TB programming remains heavily funded by donor partners, hence the need to harness more domestic funds and this is where the private sector can also come in and support.

“As we leave, let us all think TB and have a lance as we aim to end TB,” he said.

Also speaking at the same meeting, WHO National Professional Officer Tuberculosis Dr Mhkokheli Ngwenya said this gathering is aimed at helping the country to human resource challenges, sustainable health financing and information systems for universal access.

“It is hoped that the implementation of this framework will contribute towards reducing mortality and morbidity among people infected with TB, in line with the country’s commitment to improve quality of life through the provision of comprehensive TB services,” he said.