Mission StatementThe Tugela Ferry Care and Research Collaboration (TF CARES) is an international non-governmental organization committed to improving prevention, care, and treatment for adults and children with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis through clinical care, research and capacity building in Tugela Ferry, South Africa.
TF CARES is proud to announce that the first 18 patients enrolled in our community-based MDR-TB treatment program have been cured. An event was held on World TB Day to honor these patients and celebrate their successful conclusion of two years of treatment.
In response to overcrowded hospitals and high treatment default rates, TF CARES began community-based treatment of patients with multidrug resistant TB in 2008. Following diagnosis with MDR-TB, patients are treated in their homes by a team of nurses and community health workers who provide clinical care and treatment support. The full course of treatment is two years, including six months of daily injections.
Community-based treatment of MDR-TB is not only more cost effective than hospital-based treatment, it significantly reduces the rate of treatment default by allowing patients to stay in their homes. Patients tell us that treatment is less of a burden when they are allowed to stay with their families, in comfortable settings with emotional and social support.
TF CARES is proud to announce that we have received new funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Integrated, Home-based Treatment for Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and HIV in Rural South Africa
James Brust, MD, MS, has been awarded $665,000 by the NIH to conduct an extensive evaluation of our community based MDR treatment program.
Community-Based Intensive Case Finding for HIV, TB, MDR/XDR-TB in Msinga subdistrict of Umzinyathi (District 24), KwaZulu-Natal
USAID has awarded Philanjalo $185,000 to implement an Intensive Case Finding (ICF) strategy in the Tugela Ferry area. ICF is a WHO recommended strategy aimed at decreasing individual illness as well as community transmission that has not been widely implemented in South Africa.
We are grateful for this support and excited to begin these new projects.