Akshya India Global Fund TB R-9 Project
Tuberculosis (TB) is a major public health problem in India having significant impact on the health and economy of the country. India is the highest tuberculosis burden country in the world, accounting for nearly one-fifth of the global incidence. Utkal Sevak Samaj is implementing the Akshya India Global Fund R-9 TB project supported by LEPRA Society in Angul and Cuttack District of Odisha. The project aims to contribute to the efforts of RNTCP to reduce TB-related morbidity and mortality by expanding its reach, visibility and effectiveness. The strategies include advocacy communication and social mobilization to improve TB services, especially for women, children, vulnerable and TB-HIV co-infected populations.
- Community Development
- Income Generation programs for Poor & Marginalized
- Promotion of Self Help Processes among Women
- Promotion of sustainable agriculture among tribal women
- Strengthening local self Governance and advocacy on rights of marginalized
- Training of Women PRI representatives on their duties and rights.
Accelerate advocacy through Odisha Rajya Rogi Adhikar Mancha (Orissa Patients Rights Forum).
Mobilize local government bodies and community- based organizations (CBOs) to adopt the rights-based approach on TB Care.
Improve engagement of all care providers, systematically improving their interface with the general health system and with the RNTCP.
Address TB in the workplace and preparing communities to understand and execute their evolving role in the context of treatment relapse, drug resistance and co-infection with HIV.
- 116 Gaon Kalyan Samiti and community meetings were held and sensitized about care and treatment of TB and its co-infection with HIV.
- 5 soft skills training organised for health workers/ASHA s to improve their interaction with patients ensuring greater satisfaction.
- 4 TB Forum meetings were organised. Cured patients, DOT providers, local influencers, media persons and local civil societies participated in the program.
- In Angul, 903 Sputum collection samples delivered to DMCs across project area for examination and 31 cases found positive. In Cuttack 350 sputum samples collected and 21 cases found positive. 250 patients interrupting treatment were traced and put on DOTS again.