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Name: Malosa Community Based Organizatio (MACOBO)
Street 1: Namwera Turn Off road 0.4km
Street 2:
City: Zomba
Province: Eastern Region of Malawi
Post Code: P.O.Box 71, Chilema
Country: Malawi
Phone: +265991390190
Organization Email:
Web Site:
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Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Mr.
First Name: Henry Jefferson
Last Name: Chikakuda
Title: Senior Administration Officer
Phone: +265888 327259

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Mr.
First Name: Salim Brian
Last Name: Phiri
Title: Clinical Officer
Phone: +265888386710

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: Community-Based Organization (CBO)
Organization Description:
1. MACOBO exists to fight the HIV pandemic in the community through developing programs that empower local communities to be self reliant.
2. MACOBO interested TB/HIV;To reduce HIV associated TB morbidity and mortality among community members in Zomba rural.
3.a)1. To build and strengthen the capacity of representatives of TB affected communities and civil society on TB/HIV.
b)2. To increase access to TB services that enhances the sustainability and community ownership of TB services.
c)3. To increase awareness of TB/HIV and case detection in the selected schools zones and communities around Zomba rural.

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Specializations / Areas of Work

Delivery of health services and care

Other Organization Information

Total number of staff in your organization: 100 +
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 6 - 10
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 26 - 50
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Stop TB communications
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Information on developments within the TB world
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: No
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:
Establish community sputum collection points
TB diagnosis requires repeated visits to health facilities. Due to transport and opportunity costs, people delay or do not access diagnosis and treatment. Bringing case-detection and treatment closer to the home could mitigate this problem.

In order to reduce delays in accessing diagnosis and treatment, this project will facilitate establishment of a system for sputum collection in the community. MACOBO in collaboration with District TB Officers and Health Surveillance Assistants hold meetings with community leaders to lobby support for establishment of sputum collection points and provide sites within their community. The meetings will be community based. It is anticipated that 60 community leaders will participate in these meetings. The meetings will last for a day.

The District TB Officer, Health Assistants and MACOBO train volunteers in sputum collection, labelling of specimens, filling of laboratory request forms, recording suspects in a Chronic Cough Register, transportation of specimens to health facilities, collecting laboratory results, communicating results to the suspect and family and facilitating referral as appropriate.
A sputum collection centre is a site identified within the community where TB suspects come to submit sputum specimen to trained volunteers. Volunteers transport collected specimen in sputum collection boxes to microscopy centres for TB diagnosis and results back to the owner.

Volunteers were provided with bicycles to reduce time wasted travelling to provide care and support and for transportation of sputum specimens to TB microscopic and fixation centres taking results back to their patients.


Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: Malawi
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)


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:

Drug-Resistant TB:
TB/HIV co-infection needs to be accorded the necessary attention and support which they need. Advocacy can help in addressing a lot of issues surrounding TB/HIV co infection including MDR-TB such as create an environment where emerging issues on TB/HIV and MDR-TB are addressed, strengthen collaboration and networking amongst institutions or organizations working in TB/HIV and MDR-TB and Mobilise resources and commitment for implementation of TB/HIV and MDR-TB programs like mobilising special interest groups e.g. TB contacts PLHAs and young people especially under five and malnourished through their parents.

This project will strengthen the referral of both HIV chronically ill patients to VCT centres through volunteers. It is anticipated that at the VCT centre client will also be screened for TB and referred as appropriate. The VCT sites will have standard messages that will help initiate TB discussion with clients before screening and referral.

Laboratory Strengthening:
MACOBO strengthen existing referral networks for TB prevention, care and HIV/AIDS care and Support. A functional referral network linking home-based care programs, health facilities, counselling and testing canters, TB services, PLWHA Support Groups, Social Welfare offices, and other stakeholders and community support structures is the foundation for a coordinated continuum of care.
This referral network will ensure that clients access the appropriate level of care according to the stage of their illness and access other diverse needs. MACOBO participate in this referral network.meeting organized to strengthen this referral net work.


Declaration of interests:
It is important to involve DTOs at all District executive meetings in order to share more of their experience on issues of TB achievements or failures at district levels but most of the regions here are not involve the DTOs
Secondly government should involve all healths partners from grassroots to actively participates in TB because it is more dangerous than HIV to every body.
empower education to teach TB lessons as a more dangerous disease to its youth in congested schools

Application date: June 14, 2013
Last updated: August 26, 2015