ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN FOR 8000 TB CASES IN MUBENDE DISTRICT
By Muhammad Kyeyune
In the field of TB; we have successfully implemented the projects;
“Fight stigma and improve health” Advocacy campaign for Persons affected by TB/HIV through participatory theatre approaches in 4 sub counties in Buwekula county of Mubende district; reaches out to Persons affected with TB and HIV both young, women and men and children with accurate TB and HIV prevention messages using participatory theatre approaches as well as mobilizing them for TB and HIV services such as HCT, PMCT, Home based care and DOTS;
This is based on the recognition that Communication interventions are important means to engage policy makers, government officials, public and private health professionals, traditional and religious leaders, community leaders, patients and their families in bringing about political, behavioral and societal change with respect to TB and HIV.
In a period of 5 months (from August 2010 when we launched the Fight stigma and improve health) and by targeting only 4 sub counties out of 19 that make up Mubende district. To date we have managed to improve the CDR of the district from 35.7% in the second quarter to 44.3% by the end of 4th quarter .We have also contributed outcomes of treatment of the 312 cases that were registered in 2009 as follows; We have improved the cure rate from 16.9% during the second quarter to 32.2% in the 4th quarter. Treatment success has also improved from 73.1% before our intervention to 80.8% to date. Default rate has also been reduced from 17% before our project to 16.1% (district report 2010 by the District TB and Leprosy supervisor)
Mubende district local government health sector has now put TB and HIV Prevention as priority Number for the 2010-2011 financial year. The district has thus recruited more staff especially in the TB screening –Laboratory assistants to ensure accelerated TB case detection. This has been due to our advocacy efforts.
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