TB ARC

Country Progress to Date

The leadership role of Kenya’s National Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Lung Disease Program (NTLD-Program) in collaboration with her partners has seen Kenya recognized as the first country in Africa to achieve WHO global targets of detecting 70% and treating 85% of these TB cases successfully. Kenya surpassed the target on TB case detection rate of 75%, treatment success rate of 86% for new and relapse cases.

Other achievements include:

  1. Launch of the National Strategic Plan (NSP 2015-2018), providing a road map for TB, Leprosy and Lung Health activities in Kenya
  2. Kenya conducted its first post-independence prevalence survey from July 2015 to August 2016. The findings were released in March 2017
  3. A Drug Resistant Survey (DRS) was successfully carried out in 2015
  4. Roll-out of Isoniazid Preventive Therapy (IPT) across the country to protect people living with HIV and children under five years of age in contact with persons with TB from getting TB.
  5. From July 2016, GeneXpert was commissioned as the first diagnostic test for presumptive TB cases
  6. Kenya was the first country to nationally roll out the new child-friendly tuberculosis (TB) medicines in October 2016
  7. Use of TIBU – an electronic patient management and payment system
  8. Rolled out Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO), a collaborative model of medical education and care management to improve quality of care.

In spite of these gains, more remains to be done to increase case notification, respond to drug-resistant TB, scale up TB-HIV collaboration, promote research and development to accelerate progress in point-of-care diagnostics, treatment regimens, effective vaccines to prevent TB in adults and avail adequate financing for TB care and control.

Tuberculosis Accelerated Response and Care Activity

The USAID funded Tuberculosis Accelerated Response and Care seeks to expand access to quality-assured TB services in all Counties and for all forms of TB, through the identification and implementation of evidence-based interventions that support and/or complement the activities of the NTLD-Program and increase the proportion of TB cases identified and treated over a period of five years.

USAID - TB ARC LOGOS

The United States Government has invested 40 Million Dollars though the Tuberculosis Accelerated Response and Care (TB ARC) Activity to support strategic TB program coordination efforts and stewardship; as well as support TB diagnostic services including GeneXpert machines. This investment will also be used to implement innovative approaches towards TB Control and improve ICT for data management

TB ARC works closely with the NTLD-Program and other implementing partners to increase the proportion of all TB cases identified and treated to over 95% and treatment success rate to over 85% in all counties

Tuberculosis Accelerated Response and Care is implemented through a consortium led by Centre for Health Solutions – Kenya (CHS) with support from PATH and technology partners SAFARICOM and Tangazo Letu, working in collaboration with the NTLD-Program. Our sub-awardees include: KANCO and Kenya Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (KAPTLD).

Result Areas

    1. Support Kenya’s national TB program to reduce the burden of TB in Kenya
    2. Support development, implementation and scale-up of new program areas/interventions
    3. Provide technical assistance for the local adaptation and scale-up of globally proven interventions
    4. Support monitoring and evaluation of the National TB Program (NTLD-Program)

Downloads

Activity Newsletters
Other Resources
TB ARC Activity Brochure
TB ARC Vipasho January – June 2017 TB Active Case Finding Fact Sheet
TB ARC Vipasho July – December 2016 National TB Prevalence Survey Report 2016
TB ARC Vipasho January – June 2016 National TB Prevalence Survey Key Findings – Infographic
TB ARC Vipasho July – December 2015 National TB Prevalence Survey Brochure
TB ARC Vipasho January – June 2015 Frequently Asked Questions About Tuberculosis
National Strategic Plan for TB, Leprosy and Lung Health 2015-2018
Stop TB Partnership – Kenya Strategic Plan 2014-2018