Results at completion:
- 30 doctors trained
- 30 nurses trained
- 6500 people reached through awareness & screening camps
- 3504 people sensitised, screened and treated through established clinics
- 213 people with TB screened for diabetes
This project aims to raise awareness of diabetes in people with tuberculosis, in order to reduce mortality and morbidity, while improving prevention, early detection and the quality of care for people with diabetes and tuberculosis in Burundi.
The project targets tubercular and diabetic patients in six Burundi hospitals, including the reference healthcare centres in the provinces of Bujumbura, Bujumbura Mairie, Kayanza, Ngozi, Bururi and Muramvya.
The project partner, 'Alliance Burundaise Pour la Lutte Contre la Turberculosis et la Lepre' (ABTL), is a local NGO established to improve health care of people withTB and leprosy.
ABTL works together with the Ministry of Health, the Diabetes Association of Burundi, 'Centre de Lutte Contre le Diabetes au Burundi' (Celucodia), as well as local churches and these programmes; MoH Integrated National Programme for the Fight against Chronic and Non-Transmissible Diseases (PNILCMNT) and The Integrated National Leprosy and Tuberculosis Programme (PNILT).
In the preparation phase, a project coordination group for development of guidelines and a training programme will be established. Training includes a 5-day training of 60 HCPs in TB and diabetes management, using the Training of Trainers (ToTs) model. Referral networks will be established.
Other project activities include:
ToTs conduct a 3-day training, including a refresher training, in diabetes detection and management to 70 health care professionals (HCPs) working with TB and diabetes in six districts.
600 DOT clinic workers in 60 health care centres will be trained in screening and referral of diabetes patients.
Representatives of medical suppliers and patient associations will also be trained.
A free universal screening will be organised. TB patients will be screened for diabetes and diabetes patients screened for TB through sputum tests. Referral for follow-up will be made to already established diabetes centres.
Patients trained via the TB programme will be informed about diabetes co-morbidity and be provided with guidelines, patient counselling and follow-up.
Awareness of diabetes will be raised among TB patients to increase detection rates for DM and vice versa.
A media campaign will be rolled out and awareness materials such as posters, billboards and video projections about TB and diabetes co-infection distributed in communities.
Results at completion: