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Program Manager Consultant – Hillcrest

2022-11-22T14:38:24+02:00

Position: Program Manager Consultant Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Start Date: 1 January 2023 Location: Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal Province Application Closing Date: 17 November 2022   THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for qualified Program Manager Consultant to support the implementation of the THINK [...]

Program Manager Consultant – Hillcrest2022-11-22T14:38:24+02:00

Three THINKers to present their research at The Union 2022

2022-11-07T18:59:41+02:00

The Union World Conference on Lung Health 2022 starts tomorrow when researchers, funders and stakeholders will gather virtually until the end of the week to share, discuss and strategize. The theme for this year is "Combating Pandemics: Today and Tomorrow" with the tagline of: "We must work together towards the elimination of all lung health pandemics and this can only be achieved if we address the issues of equity and inclusion for a healthier, safer world." This year, THINK's research will be presented by Dr Suzanne Staples, Dr Lynette Duckworth and Dr Abraham Malaza - each an expert in their areas [...]

Three THINKers to present their research at The Union 20222022-11-07T18:59:41+02:00

District Coordinator – uThukela / Amajuba

2022-11-07T14:50:41+02:00

Position: District Coordinator Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Start Date: 1 December 2022 Location: uThukela / Amajuba, KwaZulu-Natal Province Application Closing Date: 15 November 2022 THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for a qualified District Coordinator to support the implementation of the [...]

District Coordinator – uThukela / Amajuba2022-11-07T14:50:41+02:00

Enrolled Nursing Assistant – Amajuba

2022-11-07T14:55:12+02:00

Position: Enrolled Nursing Assistant x 2 Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Start Date: 1 December 2022 Location: Amajuba - KwaZulu-Natal Province Application Closing Date: 15 November 2022 THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for a qualified Enrolled Nursing Assistant to support the [...]

Enrolled Nursing Assistant – Amajuba2022-11-07T14:55:12+02:00

Driver – uThukela

2022-11-07T14:55:29+02:00

Position: Driver Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Start Date: 1 December 2022 Location: uThukela, KwaZulu-Natal Province Application Closing Date: 15 November 2022 THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for a Driver to support the implementation of the THINK USAID TB LON project [...]

Driver – uThukela2022-11-07T14:55:29+02:00

Enrolled Nursing Assistant – uThukela

2022-11-07T14:55:43+02:00

Position: Enrolled Nursing Assistant Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Start Date: 1 December 2022 Location: uThukela - KwaZulu-Natal Province Application Closing Date: 15 November 2022 THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for a qualified Enrolled Nursing Assistant to support the implementation of [...]

Enrolled Nursing Assistant – uThukela2022-11-07T14:55:43+02:00

Enrolled Nurse – uThukela

2022-11-07T14:55:52+02:00

Position: Enrolled Nurse x 3 Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Start Date: 1 December 2022 Location: uThukela, KwaZulu-Natal Province Application Closing Date: 15 November 2022 THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for qualified Enrolled Nurses to support the implementation of the THINK [...]

Enrolled Nurse – uThukela2022-11-07T14:55:52+02:00

Linkage Officer – uThukela

2022-11-07T14:56:03+02:00

Position: Linkage Officer x 2 Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Start Date: 1 December 2022 Location: uThukela, KwaZulu-Natal Province Application Closing Date: 15 November 2022 THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for qualified linkage officers to support the implementation of the THINK [...]

Linkage Officer – uThukela2022-11-07T14:56:03+02:00

Data Clerk – uMkhanyakude

2022-11-07T14:56:14+02:00

Position: Data Clerk Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Start Date: 01 December 2022 Location: uMkhanyakude, KwaZulu-Natal Province Application Closing Date: 15 November 2022 THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for a qualified Data Clerk to support the implementation of the THINK USAID [...]

Data Clerk – uMkhanyakude2022-11-07T14:56:14+02:00

Professional Nurse (NIMDR) – uMkhanyakude

2022-11-28T15:53:02+02:00

Position: Professional Nurse (NIMDR) Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Start Date: 03 January 2023 Location: uMkhanyakude, KwaZulu-Natal Province Application Closing Date: 09 December 2022 THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for a qualified Professional Nurse (NIMDR) to support the implementation of the [...]

Professional Nurse (NIMDR) – uMkhanyakude2022-11-28T15:53:02+02:00

Professional Nurse Mentor – uMkhanyakude

2022-11-07T14:56:34+02:00

Position: Professional Nurse Mentor Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Start Date: 1 December 2022 Location: uMkhanyakude, KwaZulu-Natal Province Application Closing Date: 8 November 2022 THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for a qualified Professional Nurse Mentor to support the implementation of the [...]

Professional Nurse Mentor – uMkhanyakude2022-11-07T14:56:34+02:00

Adherence Counsellor – uMgungundlovu

2022-11-07T14:58:02+02:00

Position: Adherence Counsellor Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Start Date: 1 December 2022 Location: uMgungundlovu, KwaZulu-Natal Province Application Closing Date: 8 November 2022 THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for a qualified Adherence Counsellor to support the implementation of the THINK USAID [...]

Adherence Counsellor – uMgungundlovu2022-11-07T14:58:02+02:00

Professional Nurse – uMgungundlovu

2022-11-07T14:57:47+02:00

Position: Professional Nurse Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Start Date: 1 December 2022 Location: uMgungundlovu, KwaZulu-Natal Province Application Closing Date: 8 November 2022 THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for a qualified Professional Nurse to support the implementation of the THINK USAID [...]

Professional Nurse – uMgungundlovu2022-11-07T14:57:47+02:00

Professional Nurse Mentor – uMgungundlovu

2022-11-07T14:57:29+02:00

Position: Professional Nurse Mentor Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Start Date: 1 December 2022 Location: uMgungundlovu, KwaZulu-Natal Province Application Closing Date: 8 November 2022 THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for a qualified Professional Nurse Mentor to support the implementation of the [...]

Professional Nurse Mentor – uMgungundlovu2022-11-07T14:57:29+02:00

Provincial TB Coordinator – Hillcrest

2022-11-15T16:50:14+02:00

Position: Provincial TB Coordinator Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Start Date: 1 December 2022 Location: Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal Province Application Closing Date: 18 November 2022 THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for qualified Provincial TB Coordinator to support the implementation of the THINK [...]

Provincial TB Coordinator – Hillcrest2022-11-15T16:50:14+02:00

Enrolled Nurse – uMgungundlovu

2022-11-07T14:57:08+02:00

Position: Enrolled Nurse Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Start Date: 1 December 2022 Location: uMgungundlovu, KwaZulu-Natal Province Application Closing Date: 8 November 2022 THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for a qualified Enrolled Nurse to support the implementation of the THINK USAID [...]

Enrolled Nurse – uMgungundlovu2022-11-07T14:57:08+02:00

Program Manager – Hillcrest

2022-10-20T19:37:46+02:00

Position: Program Manager Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Start Date: 1 December 2022 Location: Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal Province Application Closing Date: 28 October 2022   THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for qualified Program Manager to support the implementation of the THINK USAID TB [...]

Program Manager – Hillcrest2022-10-20T19:37:46+02:00

Professional Nurse (NIMDR) – Amajuba

2022-10-10T13:19:50+02:00

Position: Professional Nurse (NIMDR) Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Start Date: 15 November 2022 Location: Amajuba KwaZulu-Natal Province Application Closing Date: 20 October 2022   THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for qualified Professional Nurse (NIMDR) to support the implementation of the THINK [...]

Professional Nurse (NIMDR) – Amajuba2022-10-10T13:19:50+02:00

Professional Nurse Mentor – uThukela / Amajuba

2022-10-10T13:17:01+02:00

Position: Professional Nurse Mentor Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Start Date: 1 November 2022 Location: uThukela / Amajuba, KwaZulu-Natal Province Application Closing Date: 10 October 2022   THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for qualified Professional Nurse Mentor to support the implementation of [...]

Professional Nurse Mentor – uThukela / Amajuba2022-10-10T13:17:01+02:00

Community Liaison Officer – uThukela / Amajuba

2022-11-07T14:54:21+02:00

Position: Community Liaison Officer Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Start Date: 1 November 2022 Location: uThukela / Amajuba, KwaZulu-Natal Province Application Closing Date: 20 October 2022   THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for a Community Liaison Officer to support the implementation of [...]

Community Liaison Officer – uThukela / Amajuba2022-11-07T14:54:21+02:00

In-depth: Use of urine test for TB increasing

2022-10-11T16:19:56+02:00

Dr Lynette Duckworth, technical TB lead for THINK While tuberculosis (TB) is the top killer of people living with HIV, TB is also harder to diagnose in people living with HIV than in people who are not. What is more, TB is particularly difficult to diagnose in people living with HIV who have compromised immune systems. Imagine, for example, someone living with HIV is very sick and lying in hospital. It is not known whether or not the person has TB. They may not be coughing much and may be unable to cough up the sputum required for the [...]

In-depth: Use of urine test for TB increasing2022-10-11T16:19:56+02:00

When a Giver, Receives: Donation from Brits Nonwoven

2022-10-01T10:08:33+02:00

We are thankful to Brits Nonwoven for the donation of D15 masks to THINK: 3442 x Large for Men - Elastic Band Masks, 2481 x Large-Toggle Masks, 8381 x Medium for kids/woman - Elastic Band Masks, 4990 x Medium-Toggle Masks. Thank you so much for your great generosity! Through the Brits Nonwoven donation, we will be able to provide masks for our staff and patients based at our various clinics around KwaZulu-Natal. Your support helps to further our mission which is to continue making a difference in the lives of those people living with TB and HIV whilst maintaining a healthy [...]

When a Giver, Receives: Donation from Brits Nonwoven2022-10-01T10:08:33+02:00

The Feasibility and Acceptability of Video Observed Therapy in the Practical Setting of a TB Clinical Trial

2022-10-25T15:39:33+02:00

7th SA TB Conference 2022 Oral Presentation Track 3: Implementation/Health systems Authors: Siyabonga Myeni, Munira Khan, Suzanne Staples BackgroundVideo Observed Therapy (VOT) is an innovative digital treatment support technology that employs live or recorded video monitoring dosing via a smartphone, tablet or computer. Objectives Among VOT implementors and MDR-TB patients on a TB clinical trial in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: To measure acceptability and feasibility of VOT, To identify barriers and enablers Methods A complementary concurrent mixed-methods design was used: Quantitative survey captured participants’ demographic information, access to and ability to use technology and the usage of VOT. Qualitative component consisted of [...]

The Feasibility and Acceptability of Video Observed Therapy in the Practical Setting of a TB Clinical Trial2022-10-25T15:39:33+02:00

Tuberculosis case yield from LF-LAM: Experience from four districts in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

2022-09-30T11:36:44+02:00

7th SA TB Conference 2022 Poster Presentation Track 3: Implementation/Health systems Authors: Lynette Duckworth; Jayandry Tasha Govender Background Identifying missing TB cases in HIV-positive clients is an ongoing challenge. As a simple point-of-care test, LF-LAM can be performed in 25 minutes using urine, a sample that is readily available. Positive results can be actioned immediately allowing rapid linkage to care and reduction in mortality for HIV/TB-coinfected patients. Challenges of TB-HIV Co-Infection: Atypical and non-specific presentation of TB disease, particularly if CD4 <200 Often test GeneXpert negative due to paucibacillary disease; lack of pulmonary symptoms or inability to produce sputum Extrapulmonary disease [...]

Tuberculosis case yield from LF-LAM: Experience from four districts in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa2022-09-30T11:36:44+02:00

A qualitative exploration of the effects of psychological well-being and mental health on DR-TB treatment outcomes

2022-09-30T11:35:47+02:00

7th SA TB Conference 2022 Poster Presentation Track 4: Social and community aspects of TB Authors: Nonhlanhla Ndondo; Dr Suzanne Staples Background Increasingly, researchers are recognizing the detrimental impact of mental ill-health on patients with chronic conditions and opportunistic infections. There is a link between poor mental well-being and treatment non-compliance among chronic illness and HIV patients. South Africa has a high burden of HIV and drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) comorbidity, but research on how psychological wellbeing impacts DR-TB treatment outcomes is limited. The present study aimed to analyse the effect that DR-TB patients' self-reported mental and psychological well-being has on [...]

A qualitative exploration of the effects of psychological well-being and mental health on DR-TB treatment outcomes2022-09-30T11:35:47+02:00

A systematic approach to ascertain linkage to care for DR-TB patients in Eastern Cape

2022-09-30T11:36:25+02:00

7th SA TB Conference 2022 Poster Presentation Track 3: Implementation/Health systems Authors: Marcel Kitenge1,2, Ruvimbo Chingonzoh3,4, Abraham L.Malaza1, Mcedisi J. Madlavu3, Riyadh Manesen1 1THINK TB & HIV Investigative Network, Hillcrest, KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa. 2Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa. 3Division of Public Health Surveillance and Response, National Institute for Communicable Disease, National Laboratory Services, Johannesburg, South Africa. 4HIV and AIDS, STIs and TB (HAST) Programme, Eastern Cape Department of Health, King Williams Town, South Africa. Background Linkage to care following Rifampicin Resistant Tuberculosis (RR-TB) diagnosis [...]

A systematic approach to ascertain linkage to care for DR-TB patients in Eastern Cape2022-09-30T11:36:25+02:00

Wheelchair donation makes a difference in the life of a little boy

2022-10-01T10:05:33+02:00

THINK through the support and donation from the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust, we were able to make an incredible difference into a young boy’s and entire families life with a donation of a much needed wheelchair. When one heard the mother of the boy say in a very emotional and soft voice; “Ngiyabonga kakhulu THINK, uNkulunkulu anibusise.” Which can be direct translated to, “Thank you so much THINK, may God bless you.” One couldn’t hold their tears back; it made you realise what it means to be a THINKer’ but more importantly what it means to be human; to love and [...]

Wheelchair donation makes a difference in the life of a little boy2022-10-01T10:05:33+02:00

Enrolled Nurse – uMkhanyakude

2022-09-28T07:35:45+02:00

Position: Enrolled Nurse Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Start Date: 1 November 2022 Location: uMkhanyakude, KwaZulu-Natal Province THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for a qualified Enrolled Nurse to support the implementation of the THINK USAID TB LON project in KwaZulu Natal. The [...]

Enrolled Nurse – uMkhanyakude2022-09-28T07:35:45+02:00

Data Clerk – eThekwini

2022-09-28T07:33:28+02:00

Position:Data Clerk Opportunity Type:Fixed Term ContractStart Date:1 September 2022Location:eThekwini KwaZulu-Natal ProvinceTHINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally.THINK is looking for a qualified Data Clerk to support the implementation of the THINK ADAPT project in eThekwini South District.Duties and Responsibilities include but not limited to:Ensuring that health information [...]

Data Clerk – eThekwini2022-09-28T07:33:28+02:00

District TB Technical Lead – uMgungundlovu

2022-11-07T11:53:30+02:00

Position: District TB Technical Lead Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Location: uMgungundlovu, KwaZulu-Natal Province THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally. THINK is looking for a qualified District TB Technical Lead to support the implementation of the THINK USAID TB LON project in KwaZulu-Natal. The aim [...]

District TB Technical Lead – uMgungundlovu2022-11-07T11:53:30+02:00

M&E District Coordinator – uThukela / Amajuba

2022-09-28T07:32:25+02:00

Position:M&E District CoordinatorOpportunity Type:Fixed Term ContractStart Date:1 November 2022Location:uThukela / Amajuba, KwaZulu-Natal ProvinceApplication Closing Date:10 October 2022THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally.THINK is looking for qualified M&E District Coordinator to support the implementation of the THINK USAID TB LON project in KwaZulu Natal Districts. The aim [...]

M&E District Coordinator – uThukela / Amajuba2022-09-28T07:32:25+02:00

THINK’s new Non-Executive Director

2022-10-01T09:59:49+02:00

Meet THINK’s new Non-Executive Director, Debbie Gebhardt; an energetic, unbelievably creative and natural leader. Debbie is a veteran Marketing professional with over 25 years of experience, whose career is what every marketing practitioner dreams of; she is a living legend in the creative and marketing space. At THINK, we believe in making a difference in the world with passion and dedication. Our holistic understanding of TB and HIV is the way we know how, and Debbie brings with her a dynamic, innovative mindset with a natural curiosity about human behaviour & an innate attraction to those who are a force for good; [...]

THINK’s new Non-Executive Director2022-10-01T09:59:49+02:00

USAID TB LON Annual Program Report 2020

2022-09-21T07:14:22+02:00

Download report ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS page 4 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY page 5 PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION BY WORKPLAN OBJECTIVES page 12 GAP 3 and 4) page 22 STAKEHOLDER PARTICIPATION AND INVOLVEMENT page 23 LESSONS LEARNED page 24 CHALLENGES page 25 MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES page 26 PROSPECTS FOR THE NEXT YEARS PERFORMANCE page 28 OUTLINE OF THE NEXT STEPS FOR THE NEXT REPORTING PERIOD page 29 ANNEX A: ANNUAL PMP INDICATORS page 30

USAID TB LON Annual Program Report 20202022-09-21T07:14:22+02:00

USAID TB LON Annual Program Report 2021

2022-09-21T07:13:35+02:00

Download report ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS page 4 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY page 6 INTRODUCTION page 15 IMPACT OF COVID-19 page 20 RECOVERY PLAN page 26 PROJECT MOBILISATION AS PER WORKPLAN OBJECTIVES page 30 MITIGATION PLANS page 81 STAKEHOLDER MANAGEMENT page 82 RISK ASSESSMENT page 82 STAFF UPDATES page 82 FINANCIAL REPORT page 83 PLANS FOR THE FY22 page 87 SUB RECIPIENT page 89 SUCCESS STORIES / BEST PRACTICE page 90 ANNEXURES page 91

USAID TB LON Annual Program Report 20212022-09-21T07:13:35+02:00

THINK’s Winner at the 7th SA TB Conference

2022-10-01T09:59:17+02:00

Congratulations to Nonhlanhla (Noni) Madondo for winning in the Poster Presentations under Track 4 at the 7th SA TB Conference, for her incredible presentation on ‘Qualitative exploration of the effects of psychological well-being and mental health on DR-TB treatment outcomes in KwaZulu-Natal’. “The SA-TB conference was truly a transformational experience. The energy was electric and it was inspiring to be around people with similar interests who have done amazing work to curb the impact of TB. I particularly enjoyed the innovative implementation sessions on TB and Adolescents- it was right up my alley as a social scientist and got me thinking [...]

THINK’s Winner at the 7th SA TB Conference2022-10-01T09:59:17+02:00

Pharmacist making a difference at THINK

2022-10-11T16:22:54+02:00

6 Sep 2022 By Anita Jacobs, pharmacist at THINK I became a pharmacist as I was very interested in caring for human health. The ability to understand health at a much deeper level, translating it to my patients and then witnessing them healthier and recovered drives my passion. Pharmacy is a well-rounded career which involves not only patient care but can incorporate science, innovation, research, technology as well as business. I am grateful to have been able to experience all of these multi facets throughout my career and I am still learning! In all aspects however, there is nothing more [...]

Pharmacist making a difference at THINK2022-10-11T16:22:54+02:00

UK intern learns about the research THINK does

2022-08-24T16:08:24+02:00

“Interning at THINK was an amazing opportunity to immerse myself in a South African NGO and learn about the research. Everyone here is passionate about their work, whether it be medical research or finance, and truly are an inspiration. From an outside perspective, the people at THINK are ambitious, hard-working, and want to make a real difference in South African healthcare. Investigating the TB trials has been very interesting, from the scientific aspect to the ethics behind them.Mzo Elvis Zuma, a nurse at the clinic, drove me to a hospital in Durban and showed me the Durban beach. He told [...]

UK intern learns about the research THINK does2022-08-24T16:08:24+02:00

Training Officer – Hillcrest

2022-09-28T07:13:27+02:00

Position:Training Officer Opportunity Type:Fixed Term ContractStart Date:1 September 2022Location:Hillcrest, KwaZulu-NatalTHINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally.THINK is looking for qualified Training Officer to support the implementation of the THINK ADAPT project in Hillcrest.Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:Co-ordinate training activities (internal THINK training and [...]

Training Officer – Hillcrest2022-09-28T07:13:27+02:00

Programmatic Introduction of the BPaL Regimen: A Practical Implementation Guide

2022-09-21T10:52:03+02:00

Download Guideline Published: November 2022 Authors: Staples S, Khan M. Howell, P; Juneja, S. Gupta, A In 2021, Dr Suzanne Staples and Dr Munira Khan co-authored a practical implementation guide for use in the programmatic introduction of the BPaL regimen, with key contributions from Dr Pauline Howell (WITS Health Consortium), Sandeep Juneja and Aastha Gupta (TB Alliance) amongst others. This regimen, consisting of Bedaquiline, Pretomanid and Linezolid, is becoming increasingly accessible on a global scale for the treatment of drug- resistant tuberculosis and the guide is intended to assist countries in planning for BPaL implementation. The guide is [...]

Programmatic Introduction of the BPaL Regimen: A Practical Implementation Guide2022-09-21T10:52:03+02:00

Launch of our Mobile X-ray Units

2022-09-30T06:49:29+02:00

THINK with the support of @USAID and @kznhealth, launched a brand new fleet of Mobile X-ray vans during the World TB Day event in Howick, Mpophomeni in March. These vans are intended to complement TB screening initiatives among key populations in uThukela, Amajuba, uMgungundlovu and uMkhanyakude districts. Each van is staffed with a radiographer to take X-rays and an enrolled nurse to assess the results and the patient’s overall health. This enables us to diagnose TB patients quicker and to link them to care at the facility. Let’s invest in efforts to stop TB!

Launch of our Mobile X-ray Units2022-09-30T06:49:29+02:00

Positive signs for new TB testing strategy

2022-10-01T10:06:02+02:00

Under a new tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis strategy, people considered to be at high risk of TB are offered molecular TB tests, even if they do not have any symptoms. A landmark study in 2020 showed that such a strategy can help diagnose more people more quickly. Now, early indications are that it also works in the real world and South Africa’s lab service says they can cope with the increased demand. The strategy called targeted universal testing (TUT for short), involves routinely offering TB tests to people living with HIV, household contacts of people with TB, and people who have had [...]

Positive signs for new TB testing strategy2022-10-01T10:06:02+02:00

June is National Men’s Health Month!

2022-10-01T10:03:54+02:00

This month is all about encouraging the men and boys in your life (including you, men out there!) to take care of their bodies by eating right, exercising, and working to prevent disease. The official symbol for the month is a blue ribbon and the purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases including TB, HIV/AIDS, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and depression. At THINK, we take Men’s Health Month very seriously, hence why we’ve started a series called #CheckYourselfBeforeYouWreckYourself and we will be sharing interviews and perspective [...]

June is National Men’s Health Month!2022-10-01T10:03:54+02:00

THINK proudly contributed to the clinical trials of Bedaquiline, Pretomanid and Delamanid

2022-09-29T09:10:25+02:00

By Dr Suzanne Staples, Chief Strategy Officer at THINK May 2022 marks such a proud and exciting moment in Drug-Resistant TB care, one that THINK has been closely involved with for many years and right from the start. My personal pride stems from the fact that THINK, and the clinical team has contributed so much to this historic moment through hard work and dedication together with our sponsors and collaborators. For decades patients did not have access to new treatments and had to endure toxic drugs and even long-term injectables. Then we entered an age of discovery with new drugs, [...]

THINK proudly contributed to the clinical trials of Bedaquiline, Pretomanid and Delamanid2022-09-29T09:10:25+02:00

Pragmatic Clinical Trial for a more Effective Concise and Less toxic MDR-TB treatment regimen(s) (TB-PRACTECAL)

2022-10-01T10:02:11+02:00

Author: Dr Ronelle Moodliar THINK has proudly participated in the MSF sponsored TB-PRACTECAL clinical research trial since 2017, a phase II/III clinical trial sponsored by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), that tested a six-month regimen of bedaquiline, pretomanid, linezolid and moxifloxacin (BPaLM), amongst 2 others, against the locally accepted standard of care. At the time of the interim analysis 242 patients had been enrolled in seven trial sites across Belarus, South Africa and Uzbekistan. In March 2021, TB-PRACTECAL was terminated earlier than expected for efficacy, at which point, 552/640 patients were enrolled. MSF submitted a dataset of the interim results [...]

Pragmatic Clinical Trial for a more Effective Concise and Less toxic MDR-TB treatment regimen(s) (TB-PRACTECAL)2022-10-01T10:02:11+02:00

USG Consul General visits KwaMsane clinic in uMkhanyakude

2022-08-24T15:24:29+02:00

During the month of June, the USG Consul General (represented by Anne Linnee, Elizabeth Orlando and Baphiwe Nxumalo, the liaison for PEPFAR in the province) and USAID South Africa (represented by Kevin Sturr, the Deputy Mission Director and Phyllis Pholoholo, a project management specialist in TB/HIV clinical care) were introduced to the USAID TB LON-SAFT team in Hlabisa, a subdistrict of uMkhanyakude. The introductory visit started at the Richard’s Bay THINK offices where an overview was given of the ongoing work of the USAID TB LON-SAFT Programme in the district and the USAID mission’s support of TB work in the country. [...]

USG Consul General visits KwaMsane clinic in uMkhanyakude2022-08-24T15:24:29+02:00

Homeless Shelter in Durban residents screen and test for TB

2022-08-24T14:42:54+02:00

In June 2021, the USAID TB LON-SAFT Programme implemented by THINK conducted a TB Screening Outreach campaign at the Block A.K Homeless Shelter in Durban in collaboration with the eThekwini Municipality, Beatrice Street Primary Health Care (PHC) facility and Stop TB Partnership. The campaign was initiated by the THINK Programme team after learning about a resident from the shelter who was diagnosed and initiated on treatment at the Beatrice PHC the month before. Two other residents were also being treated for TB. Block A.K Homeless Shelter is a charity dependent residence for homeless people that is managed by the eThekwini Municipality. [...]

Homeless Shelter in Durban residents screen and test for TB2022-08-24T14:42:54+02:00

Bedaquiline for multidrug-resistant TB in paediatric patients

2022-09-26T16:34:37+02:00

THINK’s first paediatric study, sponsored by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, started in May 2015 headed by Dr Ronelle Moodliar at the King Dinuzulu clinical trial site. The study was supported by Seshni Moorgas as the trial coordinator together with Nokuthula Ngcobo and Lungile Phakatias the research nurses. The study contributed towards more than 50% of the total recruited patients globally for cohorts 1 and 2 (>5 to <18 years) and is currently enrolling children into the >2 to <5-year cohort. Through the successful achievements of this study thus far, the paediatric dosage and formulation for the age groups of 5-18-years have now [...]

Bedaquiline for multidrug-resistant TB in paediatric patients2022-09-26T16:34:37+02:00

Health system determinants of tuberculosis mortality in South Africa: a causal loop model

2022-09-26T18:29:00+02:00

Published: 26 April 2021 Authors: Muhammad Osman, Aaron S Karat, Munira Khan, Sue-Ann Meehan, Arne von Delft, Zameer Brey, Salome Charalambous, Anneke C Hesseling, Pren Naidoo & Marian Loveday Journal: BMC Health Services Research 21, Article number: 388 (2021) ABSTRACT Background: Tuberculosis (TB) is a major public health concern in South Africa and TB-related mortality remains unacceptably high. Numerous clinical studies have examined the direct causes of TB-related mortality, but its wider, systemic drivers are less well understood. Applying systems thinking, we aimed to identify factors underlying TB mortality in South Africa and describe their relationships. At a meeting organised [...]

Health system determinants of tuberculosis mortality in South Africa: a causal loop model2022-09-26T18:29:00+02:00

Improving the quality of TB data in eThekwini health facilities

2022-08-24T14:23:16+02:00

As part of Operation Phuthuma, a 10 Point Plan for Acceleration initiated by the Department of Health (DoH) to improve health service delivery in the country, the eThekwini District DoH embarked on monthly HIV & AIDS, STI and TB (HAST) Programme data clean-up exercises. During February and March 2021, the USAID TB LON-SAFT team collaborated with the district TB Prevention and Control Programme to conduct data verification exercises in health care facilities in eThekwini. The USAID TB LON-SAFT team developed a template for data verifications and it has since been adopted by facilities throughout the entire district. A total of 18 [...]

Improving the quality of TB data in eThekwini health facilities2022-08-24T14:23:16+02:00
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