Integrating Tuberculosis into existing HIV and AIDS workplace programmes and policies


    Funding mechanism: Programme Acceleration Fund (PAF), UNAIDS

    Project budget: 75,000 USD

Objectives

  • To increase knowledge of workers and managers on tuberculosis (TB);
  • To improve the quality of life of those infected and affected by ensuring appropriateness of care and enhancing TB prevention and control activities;
  • To mitigate the spread of multidrug-resistant (MDR-TB) and extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) at the workplace; and
  • To strengthen partnership to ensure for appropriate linkages and referrals.

Key activities


    Kenya has 1.4 million people living with HIV with 9.6% of HIV-infected adults being more likely to be infected with TB compared to 1.8% of HIV-uninfected adults (KAIS, 2007). HIV and TB affect predominantly those in their most productive years and have greatly affected the social economic fabric. Kenya ranks 13th on the list of 22 high-burden tuberculosis (TB) countries in the world and has the fifth highest burden in Africa. According to the World Health Organization’s Global TB Control Report 2009, Kenya had more than 132,000 new cases of all forms of TB and an incidence of 63,000 among people living with HIV. The emergence of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) is worrying and is further aggravating the situation.

    Globally TB leads to a decline in worker productivity by US$ 12 billion annually. Workers infected with TB may lose on average three to four months of work time. However, the implementation of TB/HIV programmes in the workplace, which includes awareness campaigns, prevention, treatment, care and support, will mitigate the impact of the disease in the immediate term, and in the long term improve the health of the workforce and the productivity of the business which leads to net cost savings (GHI, 2008).

    Key activities include:

  • Baseline Survey on the Status of Workplace Programmes;
  • Workplace Programme and Policy Development; and
  • Capacity building and behaviour change communication at the workplace.