ADRA India through its Axshya India Project is working in the state of Bihar with the objective of making India free of TB.
The objective of this project is to engage communities and community based care providers to improve TB care and control, including TB-HIV Patients-civil society.
The project is being implemented in 13 districts of Bihar (Arwal, Araria, Banka, Bhojpur, Bhagalpur, Gaya, Nawada, Saran, Siwan, Sheohar, Madhubani, Supaul and Saharsa) and its activities focused in two main areas: Community system strengthening and Health system strengthening, with reflections on community participation and ownership.
Some of the activities of this project included the training/capacity building of rural health care providers, community meeting and interactions, development of TB advocates, training of community based organizations (various village level groups), facilitating various mechanism for HIV-TB coordination, developing TB forums and linkages, collection of sputum from outreach areas, retracing the defaulters and celebrations of World TB Day.
Every phase of this project helped us to see the importance of health and the right access to proper treatment for TB patients.
Some of the achievements included: 1040 village level meeting were held and 20,800 participants became aware of TB care and control; 13 batches of Soft skill training was done and 390 government health workers were trained on TB care and control; 13 batches of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) training was done and 390 CBO members were trained on TB care and control; 11,000 sputum samples were collected from across 13 districts and more than 1,000 people were detected TB positive through sputum collection.
One of the challenges in the new phase of this project is the New Funding Model strategy that will change the way of the implementation, bringing new strategies for reaching people and helping them to live a healthy life.