Project HOPE helps countries fight the burdens of infectious diseases, focusing on TB and HIV/AIDS.
Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the greatest global health threats today. According to the Stop TB Partnership, 1.7 million people died from TB in 2016, making it the top infectious killer of humans. That same year, nearly 11 million people developed the disease. Of these, only 59 percent were diagnosed and treated and fewer than half were treated successfully. For the nearly 600,000 people with drug-resistant TB, the situation is even more dire, with only 23 percent on second-line treatment and 11 percent treated successfully.
Project HOPE began working to stem the tide of TB in Kazakhstan in 1993, expanded throughout Central Asia in 1997, and then further expanded to Malawi in 2006. Today, our programs align with The Stop TB Partnership’s 90-(90)-90 targets to end the global burden of TB.
Our key TB program approaches include:
- Reaching particularly at-risk populations with TB services, such as migrant workers, people living with HIV, people who inject drugs, sex workers, and prisoners.
- Improving case finding and adherence to treatment, especially for vulnerable populations, through outreach and establishing networks of friendly health services.
- Improving access to diagnostics and treatment at the community level by increasing access to laboratories and establishing innovative methods for transporting sputum and results.
- Strengthening laboratories by rolling out new diagnostics like GeneXpert, implementing international quality assurance standards, and training laboratory workers.
- Supporting National Tuberculosis Programs to control drug-resistant TB by conducting drug resistance surveys, performing drug susceptibility testing, and implementing new state-of-the-art technology to improve case detection of drug resistant TB and of TB among people living with HIV.
- Improving infection prevention and control at the national and local levels by working with national tuberculosis programs to improve policies and to train workers at all levels of health systems in effective practices.