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Helpline on TB – a unique initiative

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Society of Social Networking for Education, Health & Agriculture (SNEHA), is an NGO working in selected districts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, W.B., Jharkhand and Rajasthan in India on various health issues including TB. SNEHA is one of the partner organizations under project Axshya of International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

A conducted in Maharajganj, one of the project areas revealed the need for a Helpline No. on TB, so that even general people could access authentic information on TB, services and facilities under RNTCP. SNEHA has proposed to initiate this in collaboration with District TB Centers in Maharajganj, Deoria and Gonda districts in first phase.
The District TB Officer, Maharajganj nominated Dr. D.D.Upadhya, Dy DTO- Maharajganj to coordinate the Helpline No. This helpline is officially operational from September 1, 2011 in Maharajganj and Dr. Upadhya is currently responding to the queries on the helpline.

Anyone from district can get information related to general information on TB, stigma and discrimination, myths and misconceptions on TB, services and facilities available under RNTCP in the district by giving the call from 10.00 AM to 4.00 PM. Those who cannot afford the cost of the call, can make a missed call and will give a call back.

Within a short time 38 beneficiaries have taken benefit of this helpline no. Out of 38 queries, 27 were related to general information such as symptoms of TB, the ways in which it spreads, ways to protect oneself against TB etc – a sure indication that there is an urgent need for information on TB among the general public.

For more information/suggestions, pls. feel free to contact:
Society of Social Networking for Education, Health & Agriculture (SNEHA),
Registered office: Harawara, PO- Amaliya, Shahabganj, Chakia, Dist- Chandauli- 232118 ( U.P.)
Helpline No 091-5181-3060.
Contact No- +91-9415831598, E-mail:

Written by JournalistsAgainstTB

September 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Posted in TB and Media

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