Ndwedwe Child Survival Project
Location: KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Partners: Department of Health of South Africa, local NGOs
The Ndwedwe Child Survival Project was implemented in partnership with the Department of Health and NGOs in Ndwedwe sub-district, iLembe district, KwaZulu Natal province in South Africa. The Project aimed to reduce morbidity and mortality among children-under-five and to improve the health status of women of reproductive age through interventions that included control of HIV/AIDS and other sexual transmitted infections, diarrheal diseases, pneumonia case management, TB, immunization against major childhood illnesses, and maternal and newborn care. One of the project major achievements was the scaling up of HIV/AIDS care and support and TB control strategies, resulting in the Project receiving funding from the office of USAID Child Survival and Health Grants Program for the Ndwedwe Integrated TB/HIV/AIDs project. Under this Project, MCDI worked with health facilities and the Ilembe District Office to strengthen TB program management approaches and assisted the DOH in setting up a supervisory system for Home-Based Care Volunteers (HBCVs) and DOTS. TB-related accomplishments included training of HBCVs and community volunteers on the DOT TB protocol.