“AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP)” :
Dr Sharaf Ali Shah is the principal foreign collaborator of AIDS International Training and Research Program is funded by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of National Institutes of Health (NIH-USA). Under the guidance of principal investigator Dr StenVermundAITRP provides training in both institutional and individual biomedical and behavioral research capacities focused on HIV related research in prevention and care. AITRP has trained almost 500 Pakistanis in the country where as 25 Pakistani have been trained in the US. Many of the trainees are now conducting independent research at national and international level in collaboration with local and foreign scientists.
“Community HomeBased Care (CHBC):” :
Community home based care services are provided to PLHIV through this project funded by GFAMT Round 9. The services are provided to infected as well as affected persons including their families. The services include testing and treatment for PLHIV. The social support includes poverty alleviation, employment, education of children and some food support in the form of ration.
“Harm Reduction Services to IDUs in Sanghar” :
The project is providing harm reduction services to injection drug users (IDUs) in district Sanghar which is in rural Sindh. Funded by Round 9 of GFATM the objective is to reduce the vulnerability of IDUs for HIV in Pakistan.
“Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)” :
Funded by the NIH a sixteen weeks course on responsible conduct of research was organized from February to May 2012. The goal was to elevate responsible conduct of research (RCR) as an essential component of research training in Pakistan. Held at Pakistan Institute of Public Health Research the course was attended by public health professionals representing Health Department, AIDS Control Program, NGOs, WHO, Unicef, Aga Khan University, Baqai Medical University, Dow University of Health Sciences, Bridge Consultants Foundation and etc. Originally the course was designed for 20 participants but when the call was sent out we had to accommodate 31 participants. Local and foreign faculty took the session held on Sundays. And online sessions using Skype and Elluminate were also held.
“Therapeutic injection safety using quality improvement techniques” :
Pakistan has extremely high burden of hepatitis B and C in the country and unsafe and unnecessary injections have been identified as one of the main reasons for spread of these life threatening illnesses. The project is funded by USAID and implemented in collaboration with University Research Council of Bethesda. It aims to improve therapeutic injection safety in peri urban Karachi using a multi prong approach. One of the key strategies is to use Quality Improvement (QI) techniques through QI coaches who visit the providers and educate and advocate safe and rational injections.
“Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization (ACSM) for TB DOTS” :
The objective of this project is to empower TB patients and their families to create demand for TB services. Bridge is implementing this project in seven districts of Sindh and one districts of Balochistan. The activities include community based events such as theaters, drama and musical programs where knowledge about TB is provided to participants. One hundred and fifty community based events have been organized and 561 journalists have also been trained. Over 1500 healthcare providers have been trained in the project.
“TB HIV Project” :
The project aims to address TB/HIV co infection including screening of TB patients to detect HIV cases and screening TB among PLHIV. Bridge has established six sentinel sites in Karachi and six in of rural districts Sindh. About 13,000 TB cases have been provided counseling, education and HIV testing. About 47 confirmed HIV infected patients have been identified and registered for ARV treatment. PLHIV are screened for TB according to national guideline and patients with TB disease are registered for DOTs treatment and PLHIV with no active TB are put on INH prophylaxis.
“TB Reach” :
The purpose of this project is to detect TB cases among household contacts of TB patients registered for treatment. The project is funded by Stop TB Partnership WHO Geneva and implemented in Karachi and five districts of rural Sindh in collaboration with Provincial TB Control Program and Ojha Institute of Chest Diseases. More than 460 sputum smear TB cases have been detected among the contacts and registered for treatment.
“Hospital DOTs Linkages” :
The objective of the project is to establish DOTs centers and train healthcare providers for TB DOTs in tertiary care hospitals and develop linkages for registration and diagnosis and effective management according to national guidelines.
“Public Private Mix” :
The project is developing public private partnerships and is facilitating private practitioners to diagnose and treat TB according to national guidelines and integrate data of the private section into the provincial/national data base.