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TB and CSR – a perspective from Mumbai Mission for Tuberculosis (TB) Control, India

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Dr Daksha Shah, TB Officer, TB Control Programme, Mumbai Mission for TB Control, met JATB on the sidelines of the 47th Union World Conference for Lung Health. She gave valuable insights into the efforts made by the Mumbai Mission to raise CSR funds from corporates for TB Control. The TB sector is well aware of the challenges associated with doing this, given the competing priorities for CSR funding, from other, equally compelling social causes. Mumbai Mission has seen considerable success in this area and Dr Shah shares how they did it. The audio clip below gives valuable insights for entities seeking to raise funds from corporates for TB control. As JATB, an entirely voluntary initiative has consistently reiterated, the contents are more important and not the vehicle through which they are delivered. The audio clip might suffer marginally from quality issues because the interview was conducted through a simple mobile phone. Reader/listener cooperation is anticipated.

Bharathi Ghanashyam (grateful acknowledgements to Jasvinder Sehgal for help with audio enhancement)

 

 

TB and CSR – a perspective by Dr Daksha Shah, TB Officer, Mumbai Mission for TB Control

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November 20, 2016 at 11:35 am

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HAPPY DIWALI FROM JATB

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HAPPY DIWALI FROM JATB!

Narsayya and his wife are the real people of India. The real aam admi. When I met him three years ago in North Karnataka, he was suffering from TB and was on medication. He and his wife have two children, both severely disabled and when I met him, he was unable to work and earn and didn’t know where his next meal was coming from and yet,  he and his wife posed for my camera, their faces beaming. I do hope he is alright now. This greeting goes out to all readers of JATB in his name and it’s symbolic that I should be posting this from Liverpool where the world has come together to find solutions to problems that he and others like him have experienced. I hope they succeed, I hope we all succeed!

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October 29, 2016 at 8:29 am

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Mr Modi, I’m tempted to say,”We told you so.”

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India has had more than a few “I told you so!” moments at the 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health. For years now, the TB sector in India has been cautioning the government on the dangers of neglecting, or providing inadequate support, or even ignoring implementation gaps in TB control in India. The Government of India, much in the way of an impetuous, headstrong teenager, has ignored all these warnings. It has sat back complacently, happy it has a TB control programme in place and the budgets for it, regardless of how it is working on the ground. And today, on the world stage, it’s all in the open. The gaps are rearing their ugly heads for the world to see. The figures are not important; they are oft quoted. But they are also not healthy. The recently released Global TB Report 2016 strengthens the argument.

Every session at the conference be it the opening ceremony, the plenaries, or the side events, have invariably reminded us Indians in the audience that we need to do something about the very unhealthy figures for TB in India. It doesn’t  matter that arguably the biggest star in the world today, Mr Amitabh Bachchan made an impassioned plea (through a video message which was played at the inaugural) for TB control, and made us all proud for the passion he infused into it. We were reminded we had the most TB infected people in the world. It doesn’t matter we are one of the fastest growing economies and the back office of the world for the banking, insurance, healthcare and other sectors. We were reminded we have the largest number of people dying of TB in the world. It doesn’t matter we have demonstrated commitment by providing budgets for a TB control programme, provided for MDR-TB patients to get free medication and said and done all the right things. We were constantly reminded that we were contributing to the reasons for why TB was not ‘going away’ fast enough. The world cried SHAME!

Should we be bothered? I think yes. It doesn’t matter how rich we are or how productive we are as a nation. If we are contributing to death and disease and avoidable suffering in the world, and in our own country, we need to cry SHAME as well.Why, I want to ask, is our Health Minister not here to reassure the world that we are as worried about TB in India as they are? Why has he not carried a national commitment that we will pursue TB control with the same passion that we pursue the ‘Make in India’ programme or the climate change agenda or any other? To make all these possible we need a healthy population and it begins with public health.

TB is a communicable, airborne disease and we  are ‘making’ a lot of it in India. And spreading it around. I don’t care for figures; they don’t make as much sense to me as the story of Kishanlal, who died of TB needlessly. He was the main protagonist of the play staged by the Axshya Project at the Community Common.

Kishanlal was a character in the play, and yet, he should not have died. So also thousands of others who are really  dying in India simply because we have not got our act together as yet. I am deliberately avoiding quoting data because I am tired of data. Show me some faces who have overcome. Show me some faces who got help when they needed it. Show me that every person who needed help to overcome TB got it! Come on India, you can ‘Make health in India’.

I am putting this responsibility at Mr Modi’s doorstep simply because he has shown us hope by not sleeping his way through his tenure. His enthusiasm enthuses me and I am sure that his personal intervention will make a difference to the TB situation in India. Am I thinking right Mr Modi? Will you come true on your promises, broken as they are for now?

Bharathi Ghanashyam

The views expressed here are solely of the author.

A THEATRICAL PLAY PERFORMANCE BY PROJECT AXSHYA

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October 28, 2016 at 8:35 am

Public + health = public health = public good and public well-being

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JATB is an initiative dedicated to advocate for better TB control. Over the years, my understanding has expanded and I am now able to see that TB control cannot be discussed or attempted in isolation and without a discussion on public health. Therefore JATB attempted to understand the linkages. Let’s begin with the definition of public health. The WHO definition of public health is as follows:

Public health refers to all organized measures (whether public or private) to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole. Its activities aim to provide conditions in which people can be healthy and focus on entire populations, not on individual patients or diseases. Thus, public health is concerned with the total system and not only the eradication of a particular disease. The three main public health functions are:

  • The assessment and monitoring of the health of communities and populations at risk to identify health problems and priorities.
  • The formulation of public policies designed to solve identified local and national health problems and priorities.
  • To assure that all populations have access to appropriate and cost-effective care, including health promotion and disease prevention services.

In order to expand the discussion, JATB spoke to Werner Soors, Unit Equity & Health, Research Associate and Bart Criel, Associate Professor, Institute for Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium. What follows is a very insightful discussion on public health. The audio interview is reporduced below with a short introduction from Jasvinder Sehgal, a core member of JATB. The audio quality is poor in places; but we request your patience. JATB believes in using technology most easily available at hand and this recording was done on a humble mobile phone. It is however the content and not the container that matters.

But before that, some details.

The photographs below from left to right – (1) Bharathi Ghanashyam (2) Werner Soors (3) Bart Criel (4) Jasvinder Sehgal

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Lets listen in:

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February 16, 2016 at 9:31 am

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Mr Narendra Modi, TB control holds the key to progress in India

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Dear Mr Prime Minister,

I have heard a lot of good things about you. I have also heard that you are proactive and want progress for India. And that you have good advisors around you. Then, pray why have they not told you that India carries the highest burden of TB in the world? Did they think it is not important, or did they tell you that it’s not a big deal; TB is a disease just like any other? Did they also reassure you that we have a great TB programme which has been lauded as good over the world and that that alone is enough for us to eradicate TB? Did they also tell you that TB affects only the poor and the poor don’t matter as they cannot affect our progress and productivity?

I’m sure you don’t have the time to verify the correctness of these facts for yourself. I understand. But I am hoping this post will somehow reach you. I am told that you heed good advice, and I’m hoping you consider this good advice. Ambitious huh? But then, my people, your people deserve it, so here is my feeble attempt.

Contrary to what people told you Mr Modi, TB is not, by definition, a poor man’s disease.  TB is an airborne, droplet infection. Technically anyone who breathes in the bacteria can  get it. But TB does not infect everyone who inhales the bacteria. It affects the poor more severely because so much else is missing from their lives. It affects the immune-compromised. And those who do not have access to affordable primary health care, good housing, nutrition and healthy living and working conditions become immune-compromised. These are all very basic requirements I know, but the truth is they lack it. The inference therefore, and correctly so, is that TB is a reflection of social and economic conditions of a country or society. It is less about providing medication (important as that is for people who already have the disease), and more about providing the environment where TB cannot play havoc with lives.

Did anyone tell you that TB is preventable, if the powers-that-be want to prevent it? But the prevention is not the kind that comes from vaccinations. History from developed nations has proved that improving living conditions has gradually driven TB away, because the contributing factors go away, people become healthier, their immune systems improve and they are not vulnerable to TB anymore. Incidences have reduced and some countries are close to eradicating it. Do you know for instance that Cuba, a small country in comparison with India, and a country that has traditionally faced blockades and isolation owing to its allegiance to the erstwhile USSR, has managed to bring down TB incidence to 6/1,00,000? How did they do it, and how did they do it in the face of such isolation and hardships? It is because they accorded health the highest priority in the development agenda. And they systematically improved living conditions for the people.

A paper entitled No one left abandoned”: Cuba’s national health system since the 1959 revolution by Dr Pol De Vos, Department of Public Health, Institute for Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium, points out, “In spite of the economic hardships during the 1990s, Cuba has achieved health indicators that are among the best in the world. Today, health care continues to be of high quality and free for all Cubans. It remains exclusively in the hands of the public sector, and privatization is not an option. This is exactly the opposite of what is happening in other parts of the world where public services are underfunded and people are made to believe that privatization is the only way to ensure high-quality care.”

No Mr Prime Minister, please don’t tell me that Cuba is a small country and hence things are easier for them. Big or small, things are never easy. In the face of great hardships, they found the money to improve the lives of their people. But we, in India, are currently facing cuts in health care budgets and cuts in budgets of other social welfare schemes. I am an ignorant person. Can you tell me Mr Prime Minister, how, in a country so full of illiterate and unskilled people, we can cope if social security schemes are suddenly curtailed? How can you abandon these people and expect them to do well?

As a final message I want to tell you Mr Prime Minister that TB actually holds a mirror to society. And it is currently reflecting a very ugly image of India. Do we have data on how many in India are victims of poor living and working conditions. We don’t, but common sense and anecdotal evidence tells us that the number is huge. It’s a question of whether the egg or the chicken came first. If you don’t improve living conditions, TB won’t go away; if TB doesn’t go away, you’ll have a sick and weak population who can’t anyway work to bring progress to India. Do you have a choice? And do you have a choice other than to improve the whole of India? You have just rolled our some very evocative programmes, Swacch Bharath, Beti Bachao, etc, etc. Please get your advisers to mainstream TB into all of them and to also analyse the linkages. Where do they all converge? Do they look at equity? Do the benefits accrue to all in India equally, regardless of caste and creed? If yes, we are in the right direction. If no, kindly do a rethink; there is still time, but not much. The world is hurtling forward and we can’t be left behind. I am not talking of the few who will anyway surge forward with you. I am talking of the multitudes like me, and those who are less fortunate than me. So please choose your priorities; our lives and fate lie in your hands.

For some additional reading material which your think tank can read and imbibe while framing policies, I attach this link: http://www.personcenteredmedicine.org/doc/2014_Geneva_Declaration_Released_May_27.pdf

Why did I not address this to the Health Secretary or Health Minister? Why you? Because Mr Modi, this needs intervetion from the highest levels and you are that highest level today. We deserve this Mr Modi, give it to us.

Yours, in solidarity with the people of India and with you,

Bharathi Ghanashyam

Antwerp, Belgium

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January 15, 2016 at 10:13 am

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लचर है टीबी उन्मूलन का प्रयास !

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महीनेां लेट हो जातें है80प्रतिशत मरीज!

 Gorakhpur: हमारे देश में टीबी के रोगियोें की संख्या में उत्तरोत्तर बृद्धि हो रही है। यह तब हो रहा है जब दुनियां भर में इस बीमारी के उन्मूलन का प्रयास डाट्स जैसे प्रभावकारी ईलाज से किया जा रहा है। देश भर में कमोबेश टीबी के ईलाज व उसकी जानकारी तथा इस बीमारी से भेद- भाव की समस्या लगभग एक जैसी ही है। नेपाल की सीमा से सटे उत्तर प्रदेश के जनपद महराजगंज में श्यामदेउरवां न्यू पी एच सी पर टीबी के मरीजों का हाल समझने पहुंचे तो लगा कि अभी टीबी के प्रति लोगों को जिस तरह जागरुक रहना चाहिए वैसे नही हैं। यहाॅ इसे सर्दी -जुकाम से सम्बंधित मानते है । यहाॅ चिकित्सक काउंसलर व टीबी मरीज के परस्पर ब्यवहार में भी कमी देखने को मिली। ये वो मूलभूत बातें हैं जो देश के प्रत्येक गाॅव में समान रुप से देखने को मिलती हैं।

अस्पताल में काउंसलिग की हालत दयनी !
टीबी उन्मूलन की सबसे बड़ी बाधा अज्ञानता है। इसके अलांवां जिन्हें ज्ञान है उन्हें रसूख की चिंता है। जबकि टीबी ऐसी बीमारी है जो फ्लाइट जोन मे रहने वाले से लेकर सड़क पर भीख मांगने वालों में एक समान रुप से होती है। यहाॅ डीएमसी पर उपस्थित कर्मचारी शायद टीबी के समान दुश्परिणाम पर गौर नहीं करते तभी तो किसी गरीब को यह तक नहीं बताते कि उसे दवा किस बीमारी की चलाई जा रही है। बातचीत में बेलवां गांव की एक महिला ने अपनी समस्या से अवगत कराया कि जब डीएमसी पर बताया कि उसे दवा खाने पर उल्टी हो गयी तो वहाॅ इसे लापरवाही से सरकारी ओहदे का मिसयूज करते हुए उसे दवा शाम को खाने को कह कर उसे वापस भेज दिया गया। उसकी अधूरी या ये कहिए कि घटिया काउंसलिंग करके भेज दिया गया। महिला ने यह समझा कि दवा सुबह- शाम खानीं है, लिहाजा उसने एक दिन इसका पालन कर दिया संयोग कहिये कोई दुर्घटना नही हुई। पर ग्रमीण क्षेत्रों में काउंसलर की लापरववाही गम्भीर बिषय है। देश के स्वास्थ्य के लिहाज से अत्यंत सोचनीय भी।  इन गांवों मेे काम कर रहे एनजीओ सेफ सोसाइटी का प्रयास सराहनीय है उन्होंने क्योर पेसेण्ट की टीबी जागरुकता टीम बनाकर महत्वपूर्ण कार्य किया है। ये लोग मरीजों को न केवल सही जानकारी देतें हैं बल्कि नये मरीज को अस्पताल भी ले जातें हैं। फिलहाल हालत चिंताजनक है।

जिम्मेदार उत्तरदायित् र्निवहन की जरुरत
जिले की श्यामदेउरवां न्यू पीएच सी के अंतर्गत 45 गाॅव आते हैं जिनके ईलाज का जिम्मा सरकार ने इन्हे सौंपा है। इन क्षेत्रों में तीन तरह के सुलभ चिकित्सक कार्य करतें हैं मजे कि बात ये है कि इनके पास चिकित्सा क्षेत्र की कोई डिक्री नही है। पहले वो हैं जो गाॅव में फेरी लगातें हैं। किसी की तबियत खराब है तो इंजेक्सन व ईलाज तुरंत मुहैया करतें हैं। यदि इनसे नहीं बन पाया तो गुमटी में गाॅव के चैराहे पर दवाखाना वाले डाक्टर साहब उनके ईलाज का फिक्स तरीके में से एक है मरीज को लेटाकर ग्लूकोज की बाटल लटकाना। अब यहाॅ भी नहीं ठीक हुए तब ग्रमीण मुख्य चैराहे पर मेडिकल स्टोर से सम्पर्क करतें हैं। फिर वह बताता है कि किस डाक्टर को शहर में दिखाना है। टीबी जैसी बीमारी 15 दिन में अपना भारी असर दिखाना शुरु कर देती है जबकि गाॅव में मरीज महीनों फर्जी डाक्टरों के चक्कर में पड़ा रहता है। चिकित्साधिकारी डा0 ए0के0मणि त्रिपाठी बताते है कि यहाॅ 80 फिसद् टीबी मरीज बहुत हालत खराब हाने पर ही आता है। केवल 20 प्रतिशत ऐसे हैं जो सेफ सोसाइटी व सरकार के जागरुकता अभियान के कारण अब प्रथम आवस्था में ही पहुॅच रहें हंै। श्यामदेउरवा चिकित्साकेन्द्र से प्रत्येक गाॅव की दूरी जो इसके क्षेत्र में आतें है 2 किमी से ज्यादा नहीें है। सरकार के मुताबिक इलाज की सभी सुवधायें पी एच सी पर मौजूद हैं फिर भी यहाॅ मरीज नहीं आतें क्यों ! यह सोचनीय है। गोरखपुर- महराजगंज रोड पर महज 800 मीटर में फैले श्यामदेउरवां चैराहे पर क्षेत्र पंचायत कार्यालय, थाना ,बैंक के साथ साथ दो शराब की दुकान हैं। दुर्भग्य है कि ग्रामीण जरुरत के सभी संसाधन हाने के बावजूद चिकित्सा केन्द्र पर लोग दवा नहीं कराने आ पाते। यह सरकारी दवाखाने की कैसी विश्वसनीयता है! वैसे सरकारी रजिस्टर का टारगेट 35 से 40 मरीज प्रतिदिन तो रोज ही भर लिया जाता है लेकिन इसके उलट गुमटी वाले डाक्टर साहेब के पास प्रतिदिन वास्तविक मरीजों की संख्या 55 से 60 रहती है।
स्वास्थ्य की समस्या को केवल चिकित्सा विभाग के भरोसे छोड़ देना भी रोग से लड़ने के अभियान को कमजोर कर देता। गाॅव में सरकार के लगभग 29 विभिन्न विभगों के कर्मचारी काम करतें है। यदि इनको जिम्मेदारी दी जाय व सही मॅानीटरिंग हो तो बहुत हद तक अभियान सफल रहेंगे। दो दिन से हो रही बारिश के कारण गाॅवों के सम्पर्क्र मार्ग जलप्लावित हो गये थे। बेलवा व लालपिपरा गाॅव में मरीज जिनकी दवा चल रही है या क्योर हो चुके हैं उनसे बातचीत करने जाते समय मार्ग का बुरा हाल देखने को मिला। चिकित्सा केन्द्र तक मरीज का नही पहुॅचने का एक कारण ये भी है। लालपिपरा में हमें 2क्योर व एक रेगुलर दवा खा रहे मरीज मिले जबकि बेलवां में 6 मरीज मिले जिसमें से एक क्योर पेसेण्ट हैं। इन मरीजों के बीच पहुॅच कर पता चला कि बीमारी को लेकर ग्रामीण बहुत लापरवाह होते हैं उन्हे अगर आश्वस्त कर दिया गया कि यह बीमारी ठीक नही हो सकती तो वे मृत्यु की बेसब्री से प्रतिक्षा करने लगते हैं। हाॅ इस इलाके में बीमारी का इलाज ओझा- सोखा से नहीं कराते यह उपलब्धि हैै।
टीबी के इलाज को भयावह कभी न दर्शायंे क्योंकि मरीज के मन में इस बीमारी को लेकर हौवा बना रहता है। ऐसे मरीज में निराशा जल्दी घर कर जाती है। इन्हें काउंसलिग की जबरदस्त आवश्यकता है। सरकारी कर्मचारी हर मामलें में बजट का एलाटमेण्ट देखकर काम करतें है। यह सिर्फ एक काउंसलर की बात नहीं है जिलाधिकारी भी बजट की जानकारी पहले करतें हैं। यहाॅ बजट से अधिक उत्तरदायित्व व जिम्मेदारी महत्वपूर्ण होनी चाहिए। ग्रामसभा व ग्राम समिति को जितना सक्रिय कर सकें साथ ही सरकारी विभाग बीमार ब्यक्तियों की ग्रामवार जाॅच पड़ताल करते रहें जिससे बीमारी भी थाना व कचहरी के तरह सबकी जानकारी में पूरी तरह समाहित हो जाय।

Vaidambh Media

First published in Vaidambh Media. Views expressed are of the author.

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September 8, 2015 at 8:08 am

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Does the face of TB communication need to change?

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It began with the movies and with literature. TB and the suffering that TB patients went through were in turns, romanticized, tragedized and stereotyped. Came the time when the images of TB got fixed on thin, emaciated people coughing blood into white handkerchiefs, long-suffering children going out in search of work to support their ailing parent or a lover nursing his/her ailing partner back to health. That TB is a curable disease; that there is life after TB; that there is hope – all these seem to have been forgotten even in the way we communicate about TB. The messages are there; they are all in the right direction, but the imaging has not changed. It is common knowledge that imaging is extremely important while positioning anything, be it a product or a disease or a service. People relate to images, they respond to images and they can be influenced by how we image something. JATB and Aequum are attempting to change the face of TB communication. Here are two samples. Feedback is invited. Suggestions are welcome.

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These posters are conceptualised, developed and designed by Aequum, with support from The Lilly MDR TB Partnership and Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT), Bangalore. The experience I have gained by writing on TB and by interacting with the TB sector through JATB has greatly helped my understanding of the gaps in the TB sector – in this case, communication. These posters are free for use. Kindly acknowledge the creators i.e. Aequum.

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July 17, 2015 at 9:26 am

Day Two – TB is an Everyday Fight, Let’s speak Up

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Day two  of The Lilly MDR TB Partnership and Aequum Mentorship for TB Advocates was an exciting one. Vibrant discussions were held on the severe need for advocacy in the TB sector. The participants who came in with rich experience and learnings from ground levels on the gaps, the challenges and the problems that TB patients face during their journey from ill-health to good health, were quickly able to identify areas for change. The day also helped them to debate on different forms of communication which would be relevant for each category of patients, and give them accurate information and awareness on diagnosis, treatment and cure. There was special emphasis on the use of communication methods which could be simple for the unlettered to understand. Textless communication, the use of dolls and other methods were discussed. Some photographs:

IMG_0643Photo Credit:Rajeev Biswal

This story showed gender discrimination. Notice the boy on the right, enjoying the joys of childhood while his sister cooks, does household chores and fetches water.

IMG_0653Photo Credit: Dhananjay

The photograph above shows how the participants used dolls and toys available within arm’s reach to tell stories of change. This story demonstrated the entire ‘cough to cure’ pathway of TB. It showed diagnosis, treatment, nutrition and cure.

IMG_0650Photo Credit: Rohit Kumar Lal

The story above shows the ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan’. Notice the toilet made of modelling clay on the extreme right, used as a store room for household articles. Also note the little girl defecating in the fields and the health of the family deteriorating and their having to visit doctors.

The participants demonstrated with strength that the means for effective communication is at arm’s reach. Creativity, accurate information and commitment is all it takes. The mentees deserve special kudos for this.

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July 8, 2015 at 9:43 am

TB is an Everyday Fight – Let’s Speak UP

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Day one of the The Lilly MDR TB Partnership and Aequum Mentorship for TB Advocates was an eye-opener. 14 eager, active, passionate potential TB Advocates; technical resource from Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT) and support from the Lilly MDR TB Partnership proved to me that a problem which the TB sector has strugged with for long is about to be addressed – the lack of community efforts for TB control. For four days from 6-9 July 2015, 14 potential TB advocates from across India, i.e. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Jharkhand, UP, Bihar, Maharashtra and New Delhi, with facilitation support from Aequum, a development communications consultancy will be deliberating on ways to bring more visibility to the issue of TB, as also how to advocate with appropriate stakeholders to address the gaps. This will be the first step, one of many that they will take over the next six months with mentoring, and after that, independently, with confidence, knowledge and capacity. There were questions.  Who is a TB Advocate? Can the HIV template be applied to TB? Can TB patients go on to become advocates? And we were going around in circles, unable to find answers. Then, one day, we decided to stop and act.  We decided that an outreach worker working with communities on TB control, was a potential TB advocate, an NGO representative working on TB could well become an active spokesperson for TB control; an HIV +ve person, a cured TB patient, a family member of someone who has had and got cured of TB – anybody could be a TB advocate.  With this answer we were soon running and had our group. The initiative is unique; the energy levels are high and the road ahead is clear – we know what we have to do. Here are some photographs that provide testimony to what I am saying. IMG_0530 IMG_0505IMG_0497IMG_0487     IMG_0463

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July 7, 2015 at 7:42 am

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MDR-TB in India: Past the Tipping Point Now?

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MDR-TB in India: Past the Tipping Point Now?

Zarir F. Udwadia
MD, FRCP (London), FCCP (USA), Consultant Physician
Hinduja Hospital & Research Center, Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai

Dr Zarir F. Udwadia, well-known chest physician of India has shared with JATB, this insightful, disturbing article on MDR-TB in India.  JATB thanks him for this and is honoured to publish it, because it cannot be emphasized enough that MDR-TB is now verging on an emergency and needs action. It is particularly disturbing that this comes on a day when we hear our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has announced drastic cuts on health spends in the country.  Read on…

“The MDR situation in this country has been aggravated by what I would call “public policy paralysis.”7 The Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) for several decades sat by, paralysed, failing to appreciate the scale and severity of the unfolding MDR-TB crisis. So seduced were they by the successes of DOTS in treating sensitive TB that they presumed this would prevent drug-resistant TB as well.” – Excerpt from the article…

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Views expressed are by the author.

 

Bharathi Ghanashyam

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March 27, 2015 at 6:22 am

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