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The Big Push Campaign 2/3: No Stigma for TB

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This is the second part of the Big Push Campaign Posts. Extend your  support and solidarity with all those fighting to reduce TB, AIDS and Malaria, to create a better world.

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Kids speak: “I will stop TB by…”

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After an awareness program with school children ranging from classes 9-12, we gave them pieces of paper and asked them to complete the phrase “I will stop TB by……..”. We loved their responses.

Here are some of them:
I will stop TB by……
  1. Spreading awareness and supporting anyone that has it
  2. Making a movie
  3. Convincing friends and family to maintain a strong immune system
  4. Murdering Mr Bacteria
  5. Becoming a DOTS provider
  6. Visiting places where there is less awareness and tell them about the disease and that we can help
  7. Making short films
  8. Motivating people to overcome the disease
  9. Telling people about REACH
  10. Identifying the symptoms
  11. Have a concert to create awareness
  12. Writing articles to spread mass awareness
  13. Having outreach programs
  14. Helping people
  15. Visit some villages to treat people who are affected with TB
  16. Encouraging people not to be ashamed of it
  17. Spreading awareness about TB and AIDS
  18. Putting ads on TV
  19. Advertising about TB in my restaurants
  20. Educating young minds
  21. Volunteering!
  22. Telling people to not drink and smoke
  23. Making sure every individual is fed and has good nutrition
  24. Eating right
  25. Spreading the word on TB. world peace and unity!

Anne and Neha

REACH Team

Training Day at ICH

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The training session was at Room 23 at the Institute of Child health,(ICH), Egmore. I fumbled  for my phone looking for directions on how to get there. They made no sense. There was no deserted corridor or stairway in sight but a throng of people instead.

 Feeling lost but not wanting to be late I walked quickly into the crowd. I passed a woman sitting under a counter clutching at her child. I would have missed her completely, if not for her steady sobbing.

 Many sets of directions later I reached the stairs that lead to Room 23. The building looked empty except for a kitchen and a pathology museum. Room 23 or the Pediatric ART Clinic offered some relief. It was brightly lit, clean, had good chairs and a few colorful pictures on the wall.

 We were to be trained on how to administer a Food Security Questionnaire. The questionnaire aims to assess a family’s food security level. Now this sounds simple enough though the questions when administered are painfully personal.

 We met four women that day. They  were all HIV+ and had children that were too. Among whom three were on their own. While talking about their husbands all one woman said was “aavan illai” with such finality; We dint know if he had left the family or had died but didn’t clarify.

 We tried asking the questions without sounding intrusive or reacting to their answers. It was a task, trying to be objective, compassionate yet not condescending and pitiful. To me some of the woman we met that day were fearless and bold. Not threatened or insecure. A quite confidence as they spoke to us.

 I think we struggled more than the women we met that day.

Neha Lamech

REACH Blog Team

Project Axshaya – Sweeping Ignorance Away

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The Director of the HIV +ve Society in Thiruvanamalai district, Tamil Nadu is a happy man because he has been able to refer around 20 to 30 TB suspects on an average per month, out of which at least 10 turn out to be positive TB cases.

All that he knew about TB till he became part of the activities of the Project Axshya was that it was the first infection that a HIV + person would get and its symptoms. But he is now enriched with an in depth knowledge of the disease. Sensitization of people living with HIV is a must because they consist of a high risk pool very vulnerable to the disease.

K. Jagarajamma

Consultant,

REACH TB Axshaya Project

REACH Blog Team