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Name: Anti Tuberculosis Association-Afghanistan Program (ATA-AP)
Street 1: House # 1, Street # 2, Road # 1, Kart-e- Mamorin
Street 2:
City: Kabul City
Province: Kabul
Post Code: 0093
Country: Afghanistan
Phone: +93202504274
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Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr
First Name: A.
Last Name: Sanaie
Title: Technical Director
Phone: +93799362669

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr
First Name: Muhammad Ayub
Last Name: Zhian
Title: Executive Director
Phone: +93702222229

General Information

Board Constituency: Developing Country NGO
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
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Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Other Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Organization Description:
ATA-AP, TB professional organization, has been working since 1990 in Afghanistan. TB services have commenced by establishment of a TB care clinic in Kunar province which was upgraded to a TB hospital in 1994. In 1992, NCA started supporting ATA-AP to control TB in Afghanistan. During 1995- 1999, EPI project was launched in 20 districts of Kunar with Unicef and NCA’s support, TB services were expanded to 4 provinces, TB diagnostic centers to 11 districts and TB awareness activities to 21 districts. 1999 was TB culture and DST laboratory, the only culture and DST laboratory in Afghanistan, establishment’s year in Nangarhar and the project was gradually expanding. To summarize in 2006, ATA/AP was running a TB culture & DST laboratory, a training center, a TB hospital, TB diagnostic and treatment centers in 32 districts, TB/HIV awareness activities in 37 districts and 340 TB Community Volunteers’ network supported Community based DOTS. ATA-AP’s involvement in TB control has established a good technical team in the fields of TB: prevention, clinical care, capacity building and project management. When the health care system was reformed, ATA-AP started to hand over the mentioned TB outlets to MoPH and BPHS in 2007 which ended in 2009. During 1992-2007, around 7,000 SS+ and 15,000 all form were diagnosed, 87% of whom treated successfully. ATA-AP's mentioned TB control achievements resulted from the great contributions (almost US$ 3.5 Million) from Norwegian people through NCA during 1992-2009. It is worthy to thank Norwegian people and NCA for their long term support to TB control in Afghanistan. With great achievements of BPHS, halting TB needed initiating active case finding and reaching underserved people which ATA-AP realized, fortunately under TB REACH ATA-AP restarted its activities among IDPs/returnees, prisoners, TB patients’ households and 47 supported health facilities in six provinces of the country.
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Specializations / Areas of Work

Delivery of health services and care
Research and Development
Technical Assistance

Other Organization Information

Total number of staff in your organization: 26 - 50
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 11 - 25
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 0
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 6 - 10
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Stop TB communications
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Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Network with other partners
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: Afghanistan
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
ATA-APs activities are in line with national TB strategic plan of Afghanistan. Moreover, ATA-AP is member of National TB Taskforce Committee and all activities are well coordinated with NTP and partners. In addition, ATA-AP technically assists NTP in planning, writing proposals, developing guidelines and research.

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: Afghanistan
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Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB Care Delivery:
ATA-AP has increased the access to comprehensive DOTS package to those populations who live in remote areas and are under-served. ATA-AP’s TB REACH project has initiated active case finding through door to door visits in the 6 provinces in the country, named Nangarhar, Kandahar, Paktia, Faryab, Kunar and Laghman. The TB services reached to almost 155, 000 IDPs/returnees in 13 camps and to 3,000 prisoners during the implementation of the mentioned project. In addition, ATA-AP has actively screened 7,050 households of those SS+ TB patients who live in remote areas within the coverage of respective health facilities.

Moreover, ATA-AP has been operating two mobile health teams in remote areas of Kohistan district of Faryab province. The teams work within general population of the mentioned province and have established a referral system of TB suspected patients to those nearest clinics where TB diagnostic facilities are available.

ATA-AP has developed an effective coordination with NTP/MoPH and TB stakeholder in the country and the efforts has resulted in securing more than USD 1 million for one year for TB control in the country and it’s expected to be continued for second year as well.

ATA-AP has synergized NTP and TB partner’s efforts to address the chronic shortage of human resources and high turn-over challenges in the country. Since establishment, ATA-AP has incorporated capacity building activities within its projects. During more than 20 years of working in Afghanistan, ATA-AP has produced good TB professional doctors, nurses and lab technicians especially in the eastern provinces of the country who still serve in TB control and work as coordinators or supervisors with NTP and BPHS implementing NGOs. Under TB REACH project in 2010, ATA-AP trained 108 doctors, nurses and lab technician through support of TB REACH project. Moreover, this project has supported 47 community health supervisors in active household contact management. ATA-AP team’s long term involvement in capacity building activities has created good TB trainers in the organization.

ATA-AP’s mobile teams have been equipped with fixed laboratories and the teams have served IDPs/returnees and prisoners. Since ATA-AP aims to reach underserved population, ATA-AP is looking for donor supports to establish a smear transfer system to cover inaccessibility of TB services in remote areas.

Under TB REACH project, ATA-AP has generated disease surveillance system among IDPs/ returnees and strengthened disease surveillance system among prisoners. Additionally, ATA-AP has adopted the existing NTP’s recording and reporting tools to notify the TB cases among IDPs/returnees and prisoners and the data has been a part of NTP’s TB information system.

NTP, Afghanistan has established a good monitoring mechanism which is well functioning within the context of the country and the partners have continuously strengthened the system. The ATA-AP’s TB REACH PROJECT has additionally supported NTP provincial teams to monitor TB REACH activities in their respective provinces. ATA-AP has developed interventional specific monitoring/supervision checklists to monitor TB activities among IDPs/returnees and prisoners. Furthermore, ATA-AP has strengthened regular joint supervisory visits to health facilities for great output with NTP and BPHS implementing NGOs.

Drug-Resistant TB:
During 1998-2009, ATA-AP was running TB culture and DST laboratory in Nangahar province of Afghanistan and it was the only facility for TB culture and DST in the country. Moreover, the laboratory updated NTP about DST results. Due to the shortage of funds, the laboratory activities were stopped in 2009. Now, ATA-AP is a member of MDR-TB review panel and provides its technical support to NTP in prevention and control of drug resistance TB.

ATA-AP staff’s working experiences and knowledge in TB/HIV joint activities have given the position to the organization in contributing to reduce TB burden among HIV affected patients and vice versa. The ATA-AP's was implementing TB/HIV awareness project during 1998-2009 by support of NCA in four provinces of Afghanistan and currently the project is being run in Kohistan district of Faryab province with financial support of NCA. Currently, ATA-AP team is a part of TB/HIV joint activities working group in NTP. ATA-AP is looking for donors to further support the activities in the country.

ATA-AP as a TB professional organization is keen to introduce evidence based and applicable interventions within the context of the country. The team is research oriented and recently conducted an operational research together with NTP which was titled “magnitude of TB disease among displaced population in 6 provinces of Afghanistan”


Declaration of interests:
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Application date: June 29, 2010
Last updated: April 22, 2012