Since the second quarter SORAK team has shifted her attention to undertaking home visits to TB patients. We are however disappointed to note that drug seeking behavior is still very poor among men. In this period, we lost one TB patient whom we discovered from a deep rural hard to reach area. A combination of long distance to health facility and high levels of stigma amidst limited awareness that TB is curable contributed to death of our member. SORAK discovered this young male of 32 already devastated by HIV/AIDS with the onset of TB. Our effort to encourage him to seek treatment did not yield good results as it turned out to be too late to save his life. We shall need to enhance this household and community based advocacy to ensure that such patients are discovered and referred for treatment in time. We will also continue to engage with the district authorities to ensure that health service delivery is improved including improving the functionality of rural health units. This is where an extra dollar is needed to make our team reach out to more vulnerable members in hard to reach localities.
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