Tuberculosis (TB) is a major medical and social problem in India and 1.96 million new cases are found annually. Every Year 330,000 people die due to TB which means that over 1000 people die because of Tuberculosis (TB) every day. RNTCP (Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme) is the second largest national program in the country. Under this program the target CDR (case detection rate) is 70% and success rate is 80%. Achieving 100% cure rate is still a long term dream. What needed is support of civil society in general in controlling spread of the disease and increasing diagnosis of TB. We need to detect as many cases as possible and minimize default rate, there is no specific target as such. The project is an effort to strengthen the RNTCP by strengthening civil societies and their involvement.
Goal: To decrease morbidity and mortality due to drug resistant TB (DR-TB) in India and improve access to quality TB care and control services through enhanced civil society participation.
- Improve the reach, visibility and effectiveness of RNTCP through civil society support in 374 districts across 23 states by 2015.
- Engage communities and community-based care providers in 374 districts across 23 states by 2015 to improve TB care and control, especially for marginalized and vulnerable populations including TB-HIV patients.
Role of Sanjeevani Organisation
Sanjeevani Organisation has got an assignment from Mamta Samajik Sanstha Dehradun to implement this project in Bageshwar and Almora district. Sanjeevani works in intervention area as follows:
- Community meetings
- Street Plays/Puppet shows for awareness generation
- School activities such as essay competition, painting competition etc.
- Sensitization of PRIs and SHGs
- Sensitzation of DOT Providers/TB support groups
- Patient Providers Meetings in the community
- Sensitization of religious groups/faith healers
- Development of material in local language for the above meetings
- Advocacy for right of patients and their care providers
- Support sputum collection and transportation and in increasing detection rate
- Support to trace initial defaulters and increase in cure rate
- Support to Partnership for TB Care and Control in India
- Public education – Mass / mid media
- Social mobilization for greater participation in RNTCP
- Engage all care providers
- TB/HIV coordination
- Advocacy to increase political commitment