United States Government supports TB control at His Majesty’s Correctional Services

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has provided support to an establishment of a comprehensive TB/HIV clinic and a laboratory at Matsapha Correctional Institution worth over US$70,000 (approximately E735000). The clinic and  laboratory has been fully operational since July 2014 providing much need TB detection and care services.

The clinic has two consultation rooms and a mini-laboratory. The mini-laboratory is equipped with GeneXpert machines (for rapid diagnosis of tubercolosis), supplies and catriages and quality assurance calibration kits as well as a microscope with biosafety cabinet to meet laboratory standards.

With PEPFAR funding, two proffessional nurses and a microscopist from the correctional services received formal training on TB/HIV and MDR-TB management and have been placed at the Manzini TB Centre for practical training to improve their skills. Currently, clinic staff receives regular mentoring to improve the service delivery and patient outcomes as well as ensuring that the clinic services comply with the national standards. The support will help His Majesty’s Correctional Services to provide critically needed health services to inmates, officers and their immediate families.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) working through PEPFAR-funded University Research Co. LLC (URC),  have provided the financial & technical support. The support  is a culmination of a successful collaboration between the United States Government (USG) and the Government and Kingdom of Swaziland’s Ministry of Health (MOH), and His Majesty’s Correctional Services.