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More OHSC's Established

As 2016 drew to a close, the Occupational Health Service Centres (OHSCs) were a priority initiative for the TIMS PMO. The first OHSC in Mafeteng, Lesotho is now fully installed and functionally operational. You can read more about the Mafeteng centre inspection below. The next OHSC will be established in Hlatikulu, Swaziland where the site has been prepared and awaiting installation. Four more OHSC’s are all fully fitted and ready for country installation. January will be a very busy month for this intervention as the PMO plans the establishment and installation of 5 more OHSCs.
Pictured below you can see the evolution of the OHSC from a container to a fully installed clinic.

Container to Clinic 

Mafeteng Inspection

Representatives of the TIMS PMO; Northstar and ECF (SR responsible for the establishment of OHSCs); OGRA (SR responsible for operationalisation of OHSCs); and local health authorities inspected the first OHSC in Mafeteng District hospital in Lesotho. This was an opportunity to identify and manage certain issues such as Wheelchair access ramps; the design and extent of the roof which will cover the waiting space between the containers; internal floor layout, with a view to making minor modifications to future containers; equipment and others. The site proposed for the second Lesotho OHSC (in Maseru) was also inspected and agreed to by all parties.
Pictured below: Mafateng site inspection by TIMS PMO, implementing partners and local hospital authorities. 

Technical Working Group (TWG) Meeting in Maputo

On the 19th and 20th of December 2016, a TWG meeting was held in Maputo to ensure optimal coordination and planning of TIMS interventions in the country.  Key implementers highlighted TIMS activities and technical aspects of delivery in Mozambique.  There were two important outcomes of this TWG meeting:
  1. Consolidated implementation plan of all planned activities was developed with due consideration to maximise efficiencies and synchronise similar activities between SRs;
  2. Fast tracking of site selection and inspection to take place in January 2017.
Pictured below the participants of the TWG meeting in Maputo, Mozambique. 

Information, Education & Communication (IEC) Training

As the TIMS family kept up the pace in December, ensuring ongoing delivery of all activities. IRD and ADPP hosted a trainer training workshop in Johannesburg South Africa on the 19th and 20th of December 2016. The aim of the training was to introduce specialised IEC materials to the trainers to be used by the screeners in the field, it was also an opportunity to demonstrate how the innovated mHealth tool works.
Pictured below clockwise from the top left: Registration of attendees; IEC materials being presented; trainer IEC critique presentation; demonstration of IEC materials use   
Screening Efforts Scale-up 
In December, 7 countries had begun screening the key population for TB. By the end of the month, 36994 people were screened. 


  • Coordinating and Planning Meeting in Maputo
  • Implementing Partner in Focus: PHRU  
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