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“You look out there and there’s people that, their day is changed because of your contribution to it.”      – Brad Praisely

These words are remembered with the role of the pharmacist in augmenting our efforts in TB Control as follows:

I am Thirulogachandar, a pharmacist running AVI Medicals in Kolathur, Chennai. It has been 20 years since I am in the pharmacy field. One fine day, just 4 years back, I got introduced to REACH and their initiative of engaging pharmacies in TB Control. Being motivated by the objective of the organization, I decided to work towards the Noble Cause – Ending TB.

I usually do not get as many customers who come with the symptoms of TB as I am dealing more with the psychiatric medicines. How can I contribute towards TB Control?

I joined with the Pharmacy Initiative Team of REACH.  Being a Treasurer of Chemist & Druggist Association (C&DA), Chennai, I have an easy access to influence the key personnel of different Zonal Druggist Associations. Slowly there started a schedule allotted for REACH in the zonal meetings to talk about the role of pharmacists in TB Control. Gradually the pharmacists started enrolling into TB control – referring the symptomatic patients for TB diagnosis, spreading awareness, issuing IEC materials about TB to the patients, being a DOT Provider etc.,

Now it becomes a regular practice to include the discussion on TB Control in every Annual General Meeting of C& DA. It leaves me with the satisfaction of being a kind of ‘lead’ in reaching more pharmacists to engage themselves in TB Control.

— Shared by Mr. Thirulogachandar, Treasurer, Chemist & Druggist Association (C&DA), Chennai.

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