Wakiso District Health authorities are predicting trouble time in the fight against Tuberculosis as leading implementing partners are limit their
activities and slash funding.
Tuberculosis, which is a serious
infectious disease that mainly affects your lungs, has been a major public health problem in Wakiso with a high disease burden.
The situation has been improving since 2017 due to help from United States Agency for International Development-USAID
through the Defeat TB project, implemented by University Research Company
The project was aimed at increasing TB case notification, detection and treatment
outcomes through health system strengthening, towards ending the TB epidemic.
Now, Cyrus Ntudhu, an officer under Defeat
TB Project, says the project funders have since indicated changes into cash
flow towards some activities including training, support supervision, community sensitisation, transport for
outreaches and the community link programmes among others.
Ntudhu says the development is part of broad funding changes that were declared by the
local development partners’ group in Uganda to let the government take its responsivity
of facilitating health workers in the fight against HIV/AIDs and TB.
The defeat TB project has been receiving over Shillings
300 million per month (Shilling 3.6 billion per year) to cater for the said activities.
Ntudhu says since the activates are supreme in the fight
against TB, district authorities should look for alternative funding.
“We have already notified them (Wakiso District). And
now it is upon them to look into their budget and secure this money. TB in Wakiso
is a serious issue, which shouldn’t be neglected simply because donors are
reducing on the funding,” says Ntudhu.
Dr Mathias Lugoloobi, the Wakiso District Health Officer, says
the development is a blow in the battle to defeat TB as the
district cannot has no other source of such huge sums of money given the fact
that the declaration came mid-way of financial year.
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Dr Lugoloobi says the project with core objective of
increasing, screening and detection of all forms of Tuberculosis had built a
strong community system to support the continuum of TB prevention, screening,
diagnosis, care, and treatment.
He says that only in the last three months 759 case were identified using the
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He however, observes that since partners are still
funding research, drugs and treatment, the district will have to look
for means of bridging the funding gap in the near future.