Stop TB Partnership

WAAF undertakes Community TB intervention in the Ga East Municipality

16 December - The Ga East Municipality is one district in Ghana that provides Antenatal Care (ANC) to its residents. It is estimated that annually, about 70% of women who become pregnant in the municipality seek antenatal care. Out of this percentage, less than 2% are screened for TB.

Factors such as work overloads for nurses, limited health personnel, not recognizing the importance of TB screening and the inadequate integration of TB and other health services as well as inadequate training on TB control contributes to this cause.

West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF) on December 15, 2015 conducted a TB training programme for the midwives from four health facilities in the Ga- East Municipality at the Districts Health Office in Accra to introduce TB screening as part of routine screening for all pregnant women attending antenatal services.

The training programme which centered on educating the midwives on how to screen pregnant women, collect data and report cases was facilitated by Dr Naa Ashiley Vanderpuye, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for West Africa AIDS Foundation, Guro Sorensen, a Nurse and TB Focal person and Gideon Adjaka, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at the West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF).

In Ghana, there is no TB specific program designed at targeting pregnant women even though the recent TB Prevalence Survey has identified this group to be belonging to a risk group.

Screening for TB amongst Pregnant women has not been integrated into the regular Pre natal care and the lack of such services, could cause many of these women to develop TB disease if indeed infected with TB.

Additionally, a recent TB Prevalence survey conducted by the National TB Control Program found pregnant women to be at a higher risk of having TB. For this reason, to ensure optimal care for pregnant women, there is a need to integrate comprehensive TB services into the general health care available to them as late TB diagnosis may lead to severe consequence for both mother and child.

The West Africa AIDS Foundation, based on findings from the TB prevalence survey as well as through consultative meetings with the leadership of NTP, proposes through support from this funding opportunity to undertake a community TB intervention aimed at promoting early TB diagnosis among pregnant women in the Ga East municipality.

According to Guro Sorensen, the TB Focal Person, the program will allow WAAF to work in partnership with health care providers in the municipality to initiate TB screening and diagnosis for pregnant women accessing antenatal care.

The midwives who attended the training were from Taifa Polyclinic, Abokobi Health Care Centre, Ghana Atomic and Energy Commission hospital and Ashongman Community Clinic, all in the Ga East Municipality.

WAAF would work together with these facilities to provide trainings, especially on TB screening using harmonized data tools, introduce integration of TB screening into general ANC as part of HIV screening and follow up on presumptive cases. West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF) and International Health Care Center (IHCC) is ensuring Integration of services; hence ensuring TB is integrated into all other services and Gender mainstreaming also ensuring that women (especially pregnant women are not left out).

Written By:
Dorcas Aba Annan
Public Relations Officer

Guro Sorensen
Nurse & TB Focal Person