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The US Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard courtesy visit to the wellness on wheels(WoW) truck in Akwa Ibom

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, paid a courtesy visit to Akwa Ibom State. The US envoy  was pleased to have the opportunity to visit the state to ascertain the status of the US-funded projects, after constraints posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of her itinery, she visited the KNCV WoW truck used in implementing the USAID funded TB LON Regions 1 & 2 project in Akwa Ibom. 

KNCV Akwa Ibom team welcoming the US Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard and team to the WOW (Wellness on Wheels) truck.
The US Ambassador also took a look at the Delft Light Back pack portable Xray. #DLB
The Ambassador climbing into the WoW truck for inspection
Taking a look at the screening officers station
Ambassador and USG Team with GH Etinan Med. Supt. and team, KNCV Team and FHI360 Ag.Country Director

The Cepheid “make it happen” Award won by KNCV Nigeria WoW Team was officially presented to KNCV Nigeria on the 26th of April virtually via Zoom.

The Award

Flag off of WoW community TB Testing in Kano State.

The Flag off of WoW community TB outreach at Tsamiyar Boka PHC to mark the 2021 WTBD by the Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR

2021 World TB Day Celebration

The theme of World TB Day 2021 – ‘The Clock is Ticking’ –conveys the sense that the world is running out of time to act on the commitments to end TB made by global leaders. The NTBLCP in collaboration with KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Nigeria and other implementing partners marked this year’s celebration with a variety of activities in all 36 states including the 14 states where we are located in Nigeria.

Congratulations! The Wow Truck Won the Cepheid “Make It Happen” Award.

The WoW truck has been internationally recognized and awarded the “Make it Happen” Award by Cepheid – an American molecular diagnostics company.

The team represented Nigeria in the global event and came out tops beating out other competitors.

We are so proud!

THANK YOU CEPHEID.

KNCV today deployed the Delft Light backpack to the field

Positioning of a patient at the X-ray machine using the Delft backpack
This portable x-ray with artificial intelligence (CAD4TB) we will be able to provide TB screening services to the hard to reach communities in the Niger Delta region, Nigeria. We are grateful for this partnership with support from the Delft Imaging Systems Netherlands.
Set-up and Installation remotely guided by Universal Delft Accra!
Patients waiting to be tested at Atabong Beach, Okobo LGA of Akwa Ibom State

KNCV TB Foundation Nigeria Presentation Slots at the 51st Union Virtual Conference. October 20-24th

The KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Nigeria team led by our Executive Director, Dr. Bethrand Odume will be presenting Abstracts at the 51st Union World Conference on lung health. Date is on the 20-24th October, 2020.

The event this year will be a virtual conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Below is the list of KNCV Nigeria Abstract topics and authors with the presentation time slots.

Please click link to download PDF file.

http://kncvnigeria.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Union-conference-sessions_Presentation-Time-Slots_KNCV-Nigeria.pdf

The flag-off of the integrated community COVID TB Active Case Finding using the WoW truck in Owerri Imo State on the 7th of September 2020

The flag-off of the integrated community COVID TB Active Case Finding using the WoW truck in Owerri Imo State on the 7th of September, 2020 was a success.  

 

KNCV TB Foundation is implementing the TB LON Regions 1 and 2 projects in Imo State and 13 other states in the country with funding from USAID. 

The KNCV TB Foundation is partnering with the Imo State Ministry of Health in their community based COVID response with the wellness on wheels (WoW) truck which is to assist the state’s COVID-19 response through the improvement of its testing capacity using the new Xpress SARS-CoV-2 cartridges in the two 4-modular GeneXpert machines installed in the WoW truck. This will enable the state to achieve its aim of testing at least one percent of its 6 million inhabitants. 

This technology operationalized in a mobile truck, the Wellness on Wheel (WoW) improves access to quality TB diagnostics in communities and high-volume patient facilities and contributes to an increase in TB case finding and reduction in turn-around-time of test results during TB case finding campaigns since 2014. This experience will be used in supporting the Imo State Government to use the same truck as a one-stop-shop diagnostic platform using the Xpress SARS-COV-2 to improve access to COVID 19 and TB diagnoses in the State. 

 

The intervention is a collaborative effort of the State Ministry of Health and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the TB Local Organisations Network (LON) project implemented by KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Nigeria. 

Speaking at the event, the Executive Director of KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Dr. Bethrand Odume said that the approach is to integrate COVID case finding with TB.  

 

COVID and TB have some similarities; both primarily affect the lungs with similar symptoms and now can be diagnosed using same tool,  the Genexpert machine in the WoW truck  which can provide a quick diagnosis with the result out within 2 hours of testing”. 

 

The State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Damaris Osunkwo commissioned the Mobile Laboratory Truck at the Emergency Operation Centre inside the Imo State Specialist Hospital. The mobile diagnostic truck will be used to test Covid-19 and Tuberculosis in the state.  

 

She was accompanied by the Executive Director of  KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Nigeria, Dr. Odume Bethrand, and his team and other notable personalities of the World Health Organization and State TB program

 

“Some people have been worried that the COVID testing we’ve been doing in the state was only in the Municipal, we really wanted to go to all the Local Government Areas. This will help us and the world to know the real burden of this disease” She said. 

 

The commissioner called on all Imo people to come out and get tested for free while stating that Governor Hope Uzodinma assures that those who test positive will receive free treatment in the state’s designated Isolation centers. 

 

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Flag-off of the Imo State Community testing for COVID-19 with TB integration at the Imo State Specialist Hospital, Owerri by the Honourable Commissioner of Health, Dr. Damaris Osunkwo along with the Executive Director of KNCV, Dr. Bethrand Odume and other Partners on Monday 7th September, 2020.
KNCV Nigeria ED and Team
The Imo State Hounorable Commissioner of Health, Dr. Damaris Osunkwo climbing the WoW Truck for inspection during the commissioning of the community testing for COVID-19 in Imo state on Monday September 7, 2020.
The Imo State Commissioner of Health inside the WoW Truck during the commissioning of the community testing for COVID-19 in Imo state on Monday September 7, 2020
The Imo State Hounorable Commissioner of Health, Dr. Damaris Osunkwo with the ACF Coordinator Dr. Temidayo Fawole and ACF Radiographer, Mrs Adeola Izokpu explaining the radiograph process in the Radiography section of the WoW Truck during the commissioning of the community testing for COVID-19 in Imo state on Monday September 7, 2020.
Director of Public Health and the PRO to the SMOH inspecting the WoW Truck
An interview of the Executive Director of KNCV, Dr. Bethrand Odume (the Imo State TB program control officer at the background to his right) during the commissioning of the community testing for COVID-19 in Imo state on Monday September 7, 2020
The Imo State Hounorable Commissioner of Health, Dr. Damaris Osunkwo with the Director of Public Health, ACF Coordinator Dr. Fawole and the Executive Director of KNCV Dr. Bethrand Odume to her right; NCDC team lead Chimezie Anueyiagu and WHO representative to her left during the commissioning of the community testing for COVID-19 in Imo state on Monday September 7, 2020.
Registration of a presumptive TB case during the COVID-19/TB integration at the Imo State Specialist Hospital, Owerri during the commissioning of the community testing of COVID-19 in Imo State on Monday September 7, 2020
Positioning of a patient at the Xray machine in the WoW Truck (by the Radiographer assistant, Nsenobong Nathan) after nasopharyngeal sample collection for COVID-19 during the COVID-19/TB integration commissioning at Imo State Specialist Hospital, Owerri on Monday September 7, 2020.
The Imo State Hounorable Commissioner of Health, Dr. Damaris Osunkwo while examining the CAD4 used as artificial intelligence in connection with the Radiography at the Radiography section of the WoW Truck during the commissioning of the community testing for COVID-19 in Imo state on Monday September 7, 2020.

Dr. Mustapha Gidado has become the first non-Dutch professional to man the position of the Executive Director at KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation.

Dr. Mustapha Gidado (PhD, MSc, MPH, & MBBS) has become the first non-Dutch professional to man the position of the Executive Director at KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, situated at The Hague in Netherlands. Hitherto, he was the Director of the KNCV-led and USAID-funded Challenge TB Project which has significantly contributed to the strengthening of TB programs and services in 22 different countries including Nigeria where he was the KNCV Country Director from 2012 to 2017.

Gidado’s progressive career in the quest for a Tuberculosis free world started at the National Tuberculosis & Leprosy Control Programme –NTBLCP Training Center in Zaria and received a significant impact and growth at the same programme of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health that provided him opportunity for secondment to KNCV many years ago.

This present appointment at the zenith of the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is a remarkable sign to the relentless and impactful work done at the foundation of his clinical and programmatic management of Tuberculosis, Leprosy and HIV. His experience is at various levels and settings from clinic, regional, national and international levels, on program design, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.

His major areas of competencies include Program Leadership and Management, General TB & TB/HIV, Programmatic Management of Drug Resistant TB, TB infection control & Human Resource Development. He has a flair for ensuring health system strengthening for overall benefit of all including the vertical disease programmes, as he always says “the success of vertical disease programmes is completely hinged on strong health system.” Gidado is well known for his relentless effort in capacity building and mentorship for all TB programme staff in Nigeria and Africa for over two-decades and still is a faculty member for some Universities in Nigeria in the areas of TB, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Health System Strengthening

This appointment goes a long way to strengthen Dr. Gidado’s resolve to see a TB free world in all partner countries.  Nigeria presently ranks 6th in countries with TB and would not be left behind especially in areas of innovative approaches to TB prevention and care including finding new cases.

On his appointment, Dr. Gidado says “I’ve always worked in TB control. As a doctor, I have experienced firsthand that people and children die unnecessarily because they did not receive the correct treatment or because TB was discovered too late. That motivates me for this work. We are obliged to prevent this from continuing. I am honored and feel humble to be leading this organization in its mission, a world free of TB.”

Mirella Visser, LLM, chair of the Board of Trustees says “Mustapha Gidado is widely recognized as TB expert with a strong network and connections in TB and in the public health world. He is an inspirational leader. The Board of Trustees is confident that Gidado has the leadership skills to move forward with KNCVs strategy and further strengthen KNCVs excellent reputation as a leading technical agency in the international fight against TB. We are looking forward to continue working together with him as Executive Director on our mission: a world free of TB.“

Dr. Mustapha Gidado is happily married with 4 children.

 

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Nigeria Executive Director and team, WHO and State TB PM on an advocacy visit to the Imo State Commissioner of Health

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Nigeria Executive Director, Dr. Odume Bethrand and team, WHO and State Tuberculosis PM with the Imo State Commissioner of Health Dr. Mrs. Osunkwo at the State EOC today to explore opportunities for an integrated COVID TB response in the state. #KNCVNigeria #USAID #Imo #TB #COVID19 #NTBLCP#healthcareworkers #advocacy

The KNCV Executive Director, Dr. Bethrand Odume today on a courtesy visit to the IPCD President Dr. Chijioke Osakwe and team.

The KNCV Executive Director, Dr. Bethrand Odume today on a courtesy visit to the IPCD President Dr. Chijioke Osakwe and team. IPCD is partnering with KNCV in PPM for TB control implementation in Nasarawa State under the USAID funded TB LON Regions 1 and 2 Project. #kncvnigeria #USAID #NTBLCP #advocacy #healthcare #tuberculosis #healthcareworkers

The KNCV Team on an advocacy visit to the TB Reference laboratory University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital Rivers.

The KNCV Nigeria Director of Laboratory Services, Dr. Nkiru Nwokoye with the KNCV Team Rivers State on an advocacy visit to the TB Reference laboratory University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital Rivers.

The goal is to intimate the facility with the TB LAMP operational research protocol and get their buy in to participate in the upcoming pilot study aimed at evaluating the accuracy of a novel TB LAMP diagnostic tool.

KNCV is deploying TB LAMP as a replacement tool for AFB diagnosis for improved TB case detection. The deployment is in collaboration with NTBLCP and USAID funding.

 

Advocacy visit to to the Executive Secretary Anambra State Health Insurance Agency

KNCV Team today on an advocacy visit to the Executive Secretary Anambra State Health Insurance Agency Dr Simeon Onyemaechi, Formerly Head M and E Unit at NTBLCP. Great opportunity for PPM working with the Agency in Anambra State. #kncvnigeria #USAIDnigeria #NTBLCP #advocacy #Anambra #TBservices #healthcare
KNCV Team at Gem Lab Onitsha, a mega Lab coming on board for the TB LAMP OR. #kncvnigeria #USAIDnigeria #lab #advocacy #healthcare #partnership #TBservices

The pre-training evaluation for the xpert machines on the WoW truck in kaduna

The pre-training evaluation for the xpert machines on the WoW truck. The training for the use of SARS COV 2 cartridges for WoW truck laboratory team and Kaduna state laboratory team by the KNCV/Cepheid today in Kaduna.

The kncv northern WOW truck in kaduna

The KNCV WoW Northern Truck being welcomed to Kaduna State by the Honourable Commissioner, Permanent Secretary, Director of public health and other members of the state COVID-19 task force ahead of the WoW COVID/TB integrated active case search starting next week.

Dr. Mustapha Gidado becomes acting interim Executive Director of KNCV

We are very pleased to announce that from 1 May 2020 onwards, Dr. Mustapha Gidado is acting as interim Executive Director of KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation. Gidado served as Director Challenge TB and has been employed at KNCV since 2012. We are confident that the acting arrangements assure continuity at an important juncture for the organization.

Dr. Mustapha Gidado, interim Executive Director:

“I wish to most sincerely thank our KNCV Board of Trustees, the Management Team, the Work Council, and the entire KNCV Staff for this rare opportunity I have been given to serve. I am humbled by the great confidence reposed in me to steer the affairs of this strong organization for the next few months. It is my self-fulfilling prophecy that this momentum and change process comes with an opportunity to make us an even stronger and more focused organization guided by its purpose and strategic objectives. We will be mindful of our purpose which is contributing to a reduction in the suffering and death due to TB.”

Advocacy visit to the Benue state commissioner of health

Advocacy visit to the Honourable Commissioner of Health, Benue State
The KNCV Executive Director, Dr. Bethrand Odume and his team on an advocacy visit to the Benue State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ongbabo Sunday.

PRE- WORLD TB DAY CONFERENCE BY STAKEHOLDERS:

In order to control Tuberculosis,(TB) in Nigeria, government and stakeholders are directing their attention on adolescents and the index cases.

This is to ensure that the missing 300,000 TB cases are detected and diagnosed as well as treated.

Nigeria had in 2015 pledged to end TB by 2030 alongside 193 other countries, but still records a significant number of missing cases yearly, which has stalled the fight against the disease in the country.

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Courtesy visit to the Honourable Minister of Health

Some members of KNCV Nigeria Board on a courtesy visit to the Honourable Minister of Health with the National Coordinator National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program (NTBLCP) and DPH Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH).

advocacy visit to the First Lady of Lagos State

The Executive Director, KNCV Nigeria with other TB Partners working in Lagos on an advocacy visit to the Lagos State First Lady who is the State TB Champion