The population in Ghana suffered from TB at nearly four times the WHO average. But because the country did have a strong record of curing known cases, it was clear that the slow and expensive diagnostic process was creating the problem.
Because of overcrowding and poor living conditions, mines and jails are considered breeding grounds for TB – South Africa’s biggest killer. To solve this issue, the Aurum Institute, TBHIVCare and RightToCare started screening inmates in South Africa’s Correctional Services.
Tuberculosis is one of the leading health issues in Pakistan. More than 350.000 TB cases were notified in 2016. Pakistan is a highly populated country and since tuberculosis is a very infectious disease, it can spread quickly.
We provided as many as 7 OneStopTB clinics, making this our biggest OneStopTB project in East-Africa yet. All 7 OneStopTB clinics have an X-ray compartment with a control room, a separate laboratory for the GeneXpert test (both air-conditioned), teleradiology and computers with our CAD4TB software.
Travel distance to a health facility makes it hard for people to access the healthcare they need. Two mobile OneStopTB clinics are visiting communities to screen people on TB. Patients can now receive the proper diagnosis. Infected people can receive treatment the same day.
To provide relief and support to hospitals and clinics in the area, a Diagnostic Centre (DC) that offers complete medical diagnostic services to patients was an all-round solution for the Ghanaian healthcare system. The goal of the DC is to offer excellent and rapid healthcare to patients, but at an affordable price at the same time.
The focus was on increasing early case-detection, reporting and correct treatment of TB, serving poor communities in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The project was rolled out using an innovative pay-per-use scheme. The lung screening center’s charged a modest fee for every “lung screening” and part of this fee supported the cost of the X-ray units.
E-DETECT TB aims to actively detect TB in vulnerable population groups (inmates, drug users) and very poor populations with limited access to healthcare. Thus, with the help of a mobile medical unit equipped with imaging and molecular diagnostic equipment, specialists from the National Institute of Pneumophytiology “Marius Nasta” and sputum culture tests.
In 2018, 12 digital X-ray systems were installed at the Connaught and at 10 district hospitals, through a tender by IDA Foundation that was Global Fund supported. These systems are entirely solar powered and include charging batteries that allow 4-6 hours of operation at night when grid power may be unavailable.
Early 2016, the National Tuberculosis Programme of Swaziland ordered a mobile OneStopTB clinic to screen around 100.000 inhabitants in Swaziland. They combined the EasyDR digital X-ray with the innovative CAD4TB software, which allowed for an instant triage of suspects. Besides this Delft delivered two EasyPortable X-rays to reach the remotest areas in the mountainous country.