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
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

Jul 28, 2014

REACH TB HELPLINE- providing information on TB

Poster of Actor Suriya promoting the TB Helpline
Poster of Actor Suriya promoting the TB Helpline

Dear Donor,

It is the right of all TB patients and people to receive information about TB, diagnosis and treatment. Proper communication can help improve adherence of TB treatment among patients and stop the disease from spreading to others in the community. Information helps patients and people to make better decisions about their health.

Many times there is a dearth of such information in the community. Tuberculosis being associated with apathy and stigma prevents patients from accepting or learning about their disease.

In order to help patients and general public , REACH has been operating a TB Helpline since 2010.The helpline is handled by a REACH staff, who is trained to provide information on the basics of TB and guide people on treatment.

Tring…Tring… on the Helpline and people do want to know about TB.  Here is a sample of their queries-

  • My three and half daughter often gets cough and cold. Do you think she needs to be diagnosed for TB?
  • My father has been diagnosed by a doctor for TB. He has just prescribed anti TB drugs and given it to my father. As I was a medical representative I was able to realize that he was giving TB treatment. I am shocked that no mention of the disease was told to the patient and now I want to ensure that I get good diagnosis and treatment for my father? Please guide me?
  • I want to know more about the work that you’re doing as an organization?
  • I have taken 7 months of TB treatment privately? Is the treatment best in government or private?
  • I have been affected with TB twice? Where can I go for diagnosis?
  • Is asthma hereditary and is it asthma that becomes TB later on in years?
  • I know someone who has discontinued TB treatment? How can I help him?
  • I get wounds in my legs often. Can it be TB?
  • I have been diagnosed as having TB in the eye? Can a person be affected in the eye with TB?
  • My sister has MDR TB/Can it be cured completely?
  • My wife has not been responding to TB treatment for 3 months? What should I do?
  • I have the habit of smoking? Do you think I can get TB?
  • I have cough for more than 3 weeks? where should I go?
  • I have a person who is buying TB drugs? How can I help him?

We want to thank donors like you who play an important role in keeping the TB Helpline in operation.

Here’s what a caller on the Helpline said, after receiving information on TB for himself-

“ You will never know how this information on TB has helped me. It has helped me to move towards hope of a better life. Knowing about the TB Helpline, was a magic moment for me, orchestrated by the Divine Hand of God. I might never see you, but God is certainly using you to help people like me who need information on TB.”

We have received a total of more than 1000 calls so far.  Thanks for your support and do spread the word of our TB Helpline– 99620 63000  

Joseph responding to the Helpline Call in office
Joseph responding to the Helpline Call in office

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