KN-TB project is a 5 year grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), under the TB Local Organizations Network (TB LON) funding mechanism. The support is part of USAID’s Global Accelerator to End TB. Through TB LON, USAID funds local organizations in priority countries to implement locally generated solutions to improve TB prevention, diagnosis and care services.

Grant period

1st Oct, 2019 – 30th Sept, 2024

Project Buy-in

USD $15 million

Goal of the project:

To contribute to the reduction of TB incidence and mortality in project areas.

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  • Improving access to high-quality, person – centered TB, DR-TB, and TB/HIV services
  • Strengthening TB service delivery platforms
  • Reducing TB disease transmission and progression
  • Accelerating TB research & innovations for improved impact on program implementation

Eight priority districts with high artisanal mining activities, selected on basis of high TB disease burden and poor treatment outcomes.

The districts are namely:

  • Gweru,
  • Shurugwi,
  • Zvishavane,
  • Kwekwe,
  • Chirumanzu,
  • Gwanda and Insiza,
  • Mwenenzi

The project has an estimated total population reach of 1,339,773.

·         The Union Zimbabwe Trust (Lead partner)

o    Project oversight and health systems strengthening.

·         Hospice and Palliative Association of Zimbabwe (HOSPAZ)

o    Integrating palliative care within the primary health care delivery system in TB management for improved quality of care.

·         Jointed Hands Welfare Organization (JHWO)

o    Community related TB prevention, active case finding and demand creation for TB services.

·         Baines Occupational Health services (Baines) 

o    Establishing occupational health services to screen for TB, silicosis and silico-TB among artisanal miners and small scale miners.

Since inception, the project has achieved these milestones:

TB patients diagnosed with TB by year 3 through project support
Artisanal small-scale miners screened for TB and Silicosis, with 456 diagnosed with TB & 1,179 with Silicosis through project support
Community members screened for TB through Community Based Volunteers, resulting in 1,435 persons diagnosed with TB through community referrals
Medical specimens transported through dedicated couriers for laboratory testing (6,394 for TB diagnosis), contributing to 341 diagnosed with TB