WORLD TB DAY: Ifakara project launches website for sharing information with stakeholders

March 24, 2021 8:00 - 17:00
WORLD TB DAY: Ifakara project launches website for sharing information with stakeholders
The TB-CAPT landing page snip. GRAPHIC | IFAKARA/Coms

On the World TB Day today, Ifakara Health Institute’s TB-CAPT (Close the gap, increase Access, Provide adequate Therapy) project unveiled a new website for sharing information about their activities. The website goes by the address: www.tb-capt.org.

TB-CAPT Principal Investigator, Dr. Jerry Hella, emailed the Ifakara Chief Executive Director Dr. Honorati Masanja and the Office of Communication informing about the launching of the website today – which is just in time for the international TB day.

“IHI is within a consortium dubbed as TB-CAPT funded by EDCTP -- we have two trials planned to start this year in Dar es Salaam/Bagamoyo and at Ifakara. This consortium has launched a new website today,” he briefly informs.

Apart from the landing (home) page, the website has five other main pages. On the landing page, it provides information about the project, activities, team members, funding partners and news. Also, there are links to useful resources such as the project’s fact sheet.

About the Consortium and TB-CAPT Project

Ifakara is part of a twelve-member consortium led by the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) which will conduct clinical trials to provide evidence for impactful implementation of tuberculosis (TB) and TB/HIV co-infection diagnostic strategies in three African countries.

The consortium has put together the TB-CAPT project to run a series of trials that will take place in intended settings of use in Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa.

Efforts to address the TB epidemic often stumble due to a lack of high-quality diagnostic tests that can be used at community levels or in remote areas. The TB-CAPT consortium includes world-leading institutions that are perfectly placed to evaluate new technologies with the potential to close these gaps so that every person with TB can know their status and access the care they need.

“TB-CAPT will generate evidence to inform the impactful implementation of TB and TB/HIV co-infection diagnostic strategies including drug-susceptibility testing (DST) at the point of care (POC),” the consortium reports in their official website for the project information launched on March 24, 2021.

About the World TB Day

Each year, the World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is commemorated on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic. The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease.

More about World TB Day 2021.

Learn more about the project here: Facilitating implementation of TB testing: The TB-CAPT (Close the gap, increase Access, Provide adequate Therapy).

To learn even more about the project: Check out their website.

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