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USAID Diagnosis and Management of Severe Febrile Illness Project making a difference in the lives of children under five
"I urge the facility health workers that have received skills in case management and in quality improvement to continue to use them to improve diagnosis and treatment of children under five. I urge the regional and council teams to continue to provide effective supportive supervision and mentorship so that the health workers can retain skills and improve service delivery."
These are the words that Dr. Neema Rusibamayila, Acting Director of Reproductive and Child Health Services from the Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW), share during her keynote address at the recently held USAID Diagnosis and Management of Severe Febrile Illness Project's dissemination workshop in Mwanza, Tanzania. The project is known locally as the Tibu Homa, which means "Treat Fever" in Kiswahili.
The two-day workshop released findings on managing fever in children under five and revealed opportunities for improvement in the health sector in the Lake Zone regions of Tanzania.
The workshop brought together more than forty participants of the project's stakeholders and partners to share implementation results from 2011–2014, operational research findings, as well as to learn from the experiences of the project's partners and obtain feedback on its implementation.
Opening the workshop, Tibu Homa's Chief of Party, Mr. Victor Masbayi said, "The project is helping to increase the availability of and accessibility to fundamental, facility-based curative and preventive child health services; ensure the sustainability of these services; and increase linkages between health facilities and their communities to promote healthy behaviors, thereby increasing parents' knowledge and use of child health services."
Mr. Masbayi further pointed out that if the project's achieved results are seen as having contributed significantly to improved facility-level services that, in turn, brought about positive changes in the health status of children under the age of five, then the approaches that were applied to bring about these changes are approaches that should be promoted for implementation nationwide.
In addition to Mr. Masbayi's remarks, URC Tibu Homa staff made the following presentations:
- Training in case management: Lessons learned working in the Lake Zone, Tanzania, 2012–2014, Dr. Festus Kalokola
- Tibu Homa Project experiences in improving evidence-based treatment of malaria in the Lake Zone, Dr. Kristina Lungangira
- Improving treatment of under five children with fever in accordance with standard guidelines in the Lake Zone, Tanzania, 2012–2014, Dr. Festus Kalokola
Supply Chain Management & Community Mobilization
- Improving availability of medicines and supplies at the health facility level in the Lake Zone, Tanzania, Naiman Msangi
- An assessment of the availability of medicines and other supplies in the Lake Zone, Tanzania, Michael Bajile
- Changing community health practices to improve use of facility services to treat fever in under-fives in the Lake Zone, Tanzania, Cyprian Chilowaka
- Strengthening data management and use in decision making to improve health care services: Lessons learnt, Albert Ikonje
- Assessment findings of the functionality of Community Health Fund (CHF) in Misenyi, Musoma Rural, and Sengerema Districts, Eliphace Mkumbo and Victor Masbayi
- Practices and experiences in enhancing sustainability of project gains in the Lake Zone, Eliphace Mkumbo and Victor Masbayi
- Change Package: Improving health facility diagnosis and treatment of children under five years of age with severe febrile illnesses in the Lake Zone, Dr. Festus Kalokola
Tibu Homa resources are available here.
The USAID-supported Tibu Homa Project is being implemented by University Research Co., LLC (URC), in partnership with Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF). The overall goal of the project is to reduce the mortality of children under five with severe febrile illness through improving diagnosis and treatment of febrile illness cases in the Lake Zone.
December 02, 2014