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AXSHYA

Support for Tubercolosis identified patients

PROJECT GOAL
To prevent the occurrence of Tuberculosis and to provide care and support to the infected and affected patients.
DONOR
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PROJECT OBJECTIVE
  • Provide access to quality diagnosis of tuberculosis 

  • Ensure the accessibility of treatment to the patients, who resided far away from the place of administration of antituberculosis, by referring them to their nearby health centers, where they were provided medicines.

  • Home deliveries of drugs were organized for the patients who for whatever reason could not independently attend the places of administration of anti-tuberculosis drugs through the Government appointed Health care provider (ASHA Workers)

  • Provide nutritional support to tuberculosis patients which motivated patients to complete their course of controlled
    therapy.

  • Social support for TB patients-information campaigns, information materials on tuberculosis prevention were designed and published.

  • Conduct awareness-raising activities among the most vulnerable populations and motivated them to undergo tests, and provided material, and moral support to this category of people.

PROJECT BENEFICIARIES
Severe Tuberculosis Patients Benefited    - nearly 500 people
Mild Tuberculosis Patients Benefited        - nearly 5500 people
Door to Door Survey                                   - nearly 22000 people
DETAILS OF THE PROJECT
  • Project sustainability was achieved by way of implementing the following activities that aimed to build up the capacity of the healthcare institutions that are involved in the planning of anti-tuberculosis service provision:

  • By giving timely training to the health workers to identify TB patients, and in giving counseling

  • Collaboration with the Government Health Institutions in providing medicines to Tuberculosis patients.

  • Timely information regarding the symptomatic, and patients to the Public Health Institutions

  • Health Workers appointed by the Government in the villages were given awareness about the disease and the methods to follow to get free treatment for the patients.

  • The patients who were diagnosed as TB patients were entered into a Government scheme in which they receive a
    the financial incentive of Rs.500/- per month for the duration for which the patient is on anti-TB treatment

  • Monitoring and evaluation of the program were done from time to time.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES
  • Door to door survey of 12629 households was done through which identification of patients was done

  • The awareness of Tuberculosis enabled them to be cautious about the disease and its symptoms. People who became aware of its symptoms could help others who have symptoms to collect the sputum and to get timely treatment.

  • 5450 sputum collection was done. Symptomatic patients were also given treatment even though TB was not diagnosed with them.

  • 444 were identified as severe tuberculosis-affected patients. Few symptomatic were referred for x-ray and from x-ray, they were diagnosed as TB patients. The symptomatic and the patients who needed nutrition and medical support were helped out during the project period.

  • 21850 people were served during the entire project period.

  • Through household surveys, and TB awareness programs, we could reach out to more people who became aware of Tuberculosis and its effects.

  • 493 persons and their families were directly benefitted from the project funds. Their timely diagnosis, treatment, and nutritional support helped them to get cured of the disease, and from the spread of the disease to other family members.

  • The awareness program given to school children was a great success as they became volunteers to help us to find the symptomatic and to collect the sputum. Whenever the sputum test was negative we could do the diagnosis through X-ray, to identify the patients. 

  • Nutritional and medical support given to the neediest patients who were severely affected was a great help as proper intake of food is the most essential matter when the patients take TB medication. Once the TB patient drops medicines, they will have to start the course of medicine from the beginning.

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