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USAID Mission Director Dr. Jennifer Adams and Minister of Health Dr. Nazira Abdula hold up their copies of the Strategic Partnership Statement to Improve Tuberculosis Control in Mozambique, signed by them as representatives of the United States and Mozambican governments. The signing ceremony marked five years of achievements in the fight against tuberculosis through the USAID Challenge TB Program. [Picture: Supplied]
The governments of the Republic of Mozambique and the United States held a ceremony today to celebrate five years of achievement in the fight to end tuberculosis (TB). At the ceremony, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director for Mozambique, Dr. Jennifer Adams, and Minister of Health, Dr. Nazira Abdula, signed a “Strategic Partnership Statement to Improve Tuberculosis Control.” This partnership seeks to end TB and ensure Mozambicans affected by TB live healthy and productive lives.
Through the USAID-supported Challenge TB program, implemented by the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation in collaboration with FHI 360, the U.S. Government partnered with the Ministry of Health to increase access to TB-related services for more than 50% of the population. In particular, the program focused services on Mozambicans at high risk of contracting TB, such as those living with HIV, prisoners, children under five years of age, residents in mining communities, and healthcare workers.
During the signing ceremony, Dr. Adams said “In order to achieve a TB-free Mozambique, we must collaborate and work together, holding ourselves to higher standards of partnership and accountability. Employers that offer TB screenings and opportunities for treatment save lives. Schools that educate youth on TB symptoms help ensure that those infected know when to seek treatment.”Source: U.S. Embassy in Mozambique / Press Release
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