India has the highest number of deaths due to TB.REACH supports 600 TB patients every year by providing counseling, food support, ensuring they complete 6- 8 months of treatment thereby saving lives.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
There is little awareness about TB in the community.Patients do not complete treatment on their own due to poverty, alcoholism, stigma, loss of daily wages, lack of nutrition and side effects.The most affected in the community are people living in slums, alcoholics, HIV co-infected, women , pavement dwellers and migrants.Delayed diagnosis and incomplete treatment can lead to death. REACH provides individualized patient care which benefits the patients, family, community and TB control efforts
How will this project solve this problem?
REACH provides care for every patient for 6-8 months from the time of diagnosis to cure with counseling, social, economic and nutritional support. We address problems faced by each patient on a case by case basis to help them complete treatment.
Potential Long Term Impact
Increased awareness leads to early diagnosis, reduction of stigma and decreased spread of TB in the community.Many lives are saved and patients are able to lead healthy and productive lives. The community becomes empowered to work for TB control.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.