TB in the Mines in Southern Africa (TIMS) is a regional project implemented in a number of countries in Southern Africa with the broader objective to contribute to the reduction of TB in Southern Africa. The programme was initiated to create a regionally coordinated response to TB and related illnesses affecting mineworkers, ex-mineworkers, their families and communities in Southern Africa.
The mining sector in Southern Africa accounts for the highest level of TB infections in the region. Some of the contributing factors to this are high HIV prevalence, prolonged exposure to silica dust, poor living conditions, and poor access to health care. Mobile populations contribute to a breakdown in continuity of care.
TIMS is an innovative multi-stakeholder programme involving representatives from the ten country coordinating mechanisms (CCM), Ministries of Health, Mineral Resources and Labour; Social Development/welfare services; mining companies; current and ex-mineworkers’ associations; Labour unions; development partners; civil society and research institutions through a Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM). TIMS 2 is the second phase of the project and has been running from July 2019 and expected to end in December 2020.
HakiMadini is implementing TB in the Mining Sector in Southern Africa (TIMS project Phase II) in Tarime district, North Mara. The project is funded by Global Funds through Africa Comprehensive HIV&AIDS Partnership (ACHAP) which has its headquarters in Gaborone Botswana.