REACH (Resource Group for Education and Advocacy for Community Health)

Mission: To work for a TB free society. Goals: - To combat the threat of TB involving all sections of the community - To ensure that the guidelines of the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program of the Government of India (RNTCP) is accessible to private medical practitioners who cater to large section of the population - To increase public awareness of TB - To act as a liaising body between the different deliverers of health care, both governmental and non-governmental
Apr 28, 2015

The story of Amulu

Amulu and Deena
Amulu and Deena

 

Dear Donors,

Greetings to you all!

We are happy to share with you our work through initiative CHANGE to provide holistic TB care for patients.

Your donations help us to support TB patients through the course of their treatment. As you might have read in our previous report, we were able to start 422 patients on treatment.

Amulu is one of the 422 people we have been able to support and we would like to share her story with you, to demonstrate the impact of YOUR support.

“I thought I would die” said Amulu. Remembering her treatment days, Amulu, who works as a domestic help tells us her battle and triumph over tuberculosis.

Hailing from Washermanpet in the North of Chennai, Amulu’s life turned topsy-turvy in September 2013 when she fell ill. Over the next few months, she gradually became weaker and Amulu’s family took her to several temples thinking she was possessed by a demon.

After suffering for four months she consulted a doctor at REACH’s PPM centre (Public Private Centre) who in turn referred her to the REACH field officer at CSI Rainy Hospital. Our colleague Deena told Amulu to get her sputum tested and after the results came, informed her that she had pulmonary TB. Devastated, Amulu was sure she was going to die – her father had died of TB a few years ago.

The next task for Amulu was to receive counseling and be treated to ensure that she recovered from TB. With continuous counseling and home visits, Amulu’s treatment began in January 2014.

“Among all the patients I have interacted, Amulu was a tough one. I visited her home several times and counseled her frequently” says Deena, field officer at REACH.

Initially it was difficult for Amulu to follow the treatment regimen. Her neighbor was her DOT provider, who along with Deena ensured that Amulu never skipped taking her medicines.

With many side effects like vomiting, giddiness and joint pains, Amulu struggled for the first two months. After the second month, a sputum negative result brought a cheer on her face. To ensure that she continued taking her medicines, we offered her nutrition support by providing rice and dhal. She also gained weight gradually, which instilled more confidence in her.

With the support of her family, our staff and the DOT provider Amulu has successfully completed her treatment. Now, Amulu has returned to her job and is healthy today. She says, “I am so thankful to REACH and God for treating me on time”.

Your generous contributions have helped save the lives of Amulu and many others like her.

Thank you so much for your support in the fight against TB!

 

Jan 28, 2015

Change- Supporting TB patients & their families.

 HOW CHANGE HAS HELPED TB PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES!

Dear Donors,

Greetings from REACH!

We wish you all a very happy and successful New Year.

India is one of the countries with the highest burden of TB in the world where, 750 people die of TB every day. It is sad to see people die of a disease that is curable and preventable. Since 1999, REACH has been working tirelessly to fight against TB and provide care and support to patients.

Our project initiative CHANGE worked to provide the following services in 2014 - Counseling and Referral support, Helpline service to information, Ancillary Care, Nutritional supplements, Generation of income and livelihood programs, Educational assistance during the treatment period.

Your generous contributions have helped in providing CHANGE for patients. We thank you for your generosity and commitment in supporting our work.

Below is a brief report.

OUR ACHIEVEMNTS in 2014

  • Counseling and Referral Services were provided to 954 people accessing REACH TB care centres.
  • We identified 422 TB patients and initiated them on DOTS treatment.
  • TB Helpline provided information to 242 people on their queries about TB, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Ancillary care was provided to 4 patients who were provided medicines required for side effects, X-rays, and transport.
  • Nutritional food support was offered to 184 patients for the 6-8 months of their treatment.
  • About 40 children of poor TB patients’ were provided bags, pencil boxes, note books, pencil, eraser, scale, etc.
  • We paid the fees of one semester for an MDR patient’s son.

REACH was not able to support anybody for income and livelihood programs, as we did not get such requests from the patients till date.

Thank you once again and look forward to your continued support!

TB awarness at bus shelters
TB awarness at bus shelters
De-addiction & Nutrition Programs for TB patients
De-addiction & Nutrition Programs for TB patients
Support for an MDR TB patient
Support for an MDR TB patient's son's education
Nutritional support to a TB patient
Nutritional support to a TB patient
Oct 28, 2014

Providing Food Support - Helps TB patients

Greetings to all,

REACH is a nonprofit organization working in Chennai, India . Our primary activity is patient care and support. We help TB patients to know about their disease, explain the treatment options available, monitor their treatment, and support them during their journey from sickness to cure.

We have registered a total of 325 cases in this year, of which 103 were registered in the last three months. Of them about 75 patients are being provided support with patient aid.  

We offer patient aid like Rice and Dhal (a staple food of South India), Kanchee powder (a nutritious mix of many types of lentils) Wheat (for diabetic patients) to patients who find it difficult to provide for themselves during their TB treatment. This is done by the field officers, who make the initial assessment by visiting the homes of the patients and directly interacting with all members in the family.

REACH provides this patient aid to all patients who deserve it. This aid is provided once a month for the entire duration of treatment. There are patients who may not have access to cooking as they may be living on the pavements. In such situations, we arrange for food from a nearby hotel to provide at least one nutritious meal for the patients.  

This intervention often helps patients complete the course of treatment successfully. Sometimes lack of food can be an important reason for the patient to stop treatment.

REACH is able to reach out to the poor and needy patients through your active support. We want to thank all the donors for supporting such initiatives as they help us bring change in TB patients lives.

Every patient who is cured, stops spreading TB, and every life saved is a child, mother, or father who will go on to live a longer, TB-free life.

 

Quotes from TB Patients who receive food support

“I am not able to work now because of TB. When you started providing me with food support I am able to eat much better and am recovering. Thank you for your care” Patient-XXX

“I am not able to eat any solid food. The Kanchee powder provided by REACH is made for me by my mother. She mixes it with milk and makes it in a liquid consistency so that I can drink it. It’s the only food I am having right now.”-Patient –XXX

“I feel much better. Not only does this amma (means mother as a reference to the REACH field officer) from REACH gives me my medicines with love and care, she also gives me a food coupon thru which I get meals from an hotel near where I stay. I do not think I can take my treatment otherwise.”- Patient XXX

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