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 Overactive October 

Huge Step Forward for TIMS 
From a conventional shipping container to a functional clinic. The last few weeks of October involved many trips to Durban, South Africa by  members of the TIMS PMO as North Star Alliance (based in Durban) was in the final stage of customisation and assembly of the first OHSC before it was despatched to Lesotho. This is the first of 6 OHSCs that will be commissioned before the end of 2016
Team News

News about the TIMS team

This month we welcome new TIMS PMO personnel who have recently joined the team:

Country coordinator for Lesotho, Ms. Mamathule Selloane Jone. With the first OHSC opening in Lesotho, she has arrived in the nick of time
Ms. Debra Babulal joined the PMO as Finance Administrator
Country coordinator for Mozambique, Mr. Conote Elias, who joins on 01 November
OH & TB Lead, Dr. David Barnes, who will lead the team on technical and clinical aspects of our interventions.
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TIMS Meets with S.A Minister of Health
The senior management of the TIMS PMO continued their high-level county engagement visits, this month. They met with South African Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi and provided him with a progress update on grant implementation and also discussed important issues such as long-term sustainability of interventions. As the Chair of STOP TB, Minister Motsoaledi had some significant insights to share with the team. These included the need ensure that prevention (upstream risks including dust control) is prioritised; the Regional Health Information System (RHIS) is effective in ensuring the continuum of care, and the need for community systems strengthening. The Minister was given a demonstration of the newly developed geospatial mapping software and immediately realized the multiple applications in respect of tracking and tracing,  use for other disease interventions and to support the regional database being developed under the grant
TIMS Chief-of-Party Dr. Julain Naidoo with South African Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi.

A key takeaway for the TIMS PMO was that we cannot treat our way out of the epidemic, but need to devise ways to prevent new TB infections. Preventative legislation and policy are key in this regard.

Project Management Training

TIMS Dashboard Workshop

The TIMS PMO along with some of our implementing partners went through a robust 2-day project management training workshop. The facilitator was involved in developing the detailed project plan for the TIMS grant and therefore had unique insight into the grant. This made the training session decidedly focused for all the participants. Based on PMBOK the training involved pillars, processes, tools and techniques required to run a project. 
The TIMS dashboard supported by GMS has almost come to fruition. After almost 6 months of planning and preparation, the TIMS PMO and GSM hosted a workshop to onboard all Sub Recipients (SR's) of the grant. These SR’s will be responsible for the data that will populate the dashboard giving all stakeholders a comprehensive overview of the grant status.  The PMO and technical partners have developed a PR as well as an RCM Dashboard.

Consultative Meeting with NTP Managers

October was a nonstop month at the TIMS PMO office, not only did we conduct training and run a workshop but we also brought together NTP Managers from the 10 countries for a consultative meeting on Monitoring and Evaluation. Together with the World Bank that is running a very similar project, TIMS PMO shared the grant status with the NTP managers and looked for ways to facilitate a better working relationship. For more on this meeting look out for the reports which will be available on the TIMS website soon.



Building processes and systems that will eventually enable 
harmonisation of TB management is an integral part of the TIMS grant. On the surface it may seem like a legislative review is a nice to have in a grant that is focused on establishing physical centres and referral systems. But the legislative review is the linchpin that will ensure that the overarching goal to eradicate TB comes to fruition. We chatted to Health Focus to see how their part of the grant is progressing.
IRD, the TIMS implementing partner involved in active case finding and screening, conducted a consultation meeting with OR Tambo Traditional Leaders. The purpose of the meeting was to get greater consensus for the TIMS programme and to ensure everything runs smoothly once IRD is on the ground, conducting screenings. The meeting was a success with all the traditional leaders welcoming this intervention.
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