Number of centers operating: 23
New centers opened in the period Nov 2010-Jan 2011: 6
Total number of patients at centers: 324
Total new patients enrolled in the period Nov 2010-Jan 2011: 158
Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured: 53
Total number of volunteers trained: 3 Counselors (working full time with Operation ASHA), and 6 Community DOTs Providers (working part time)
Total number of Home Visits: 4145
Total number of individuals made aware: 24870
Total number of contacts: 790
Impact till date
Following is the list of tangible impact made by OpASHA
I. HEALTH BENEFITS
II. LIVELIHOOD GENERATION: 9 persons from the slums have been employed by OpASHA, 3 full-time and 6 part-time. It may be mentioned here that 80% of OpASHA’s expenses generate livelihood in the slums.
III. ECONOMIC BENEFITS:
The population of 150,000 in slums that has been served by this project is now much more aware of the symptoms of TB. They also feel lower stigma and are accepting the fact that TB is not a terminal disease. So many more suspects are coming up for testing. Once tested and diagnosed positive, the patients are more willing to join the therapy. This is helping ensure “early and increased detection”, which is one of the major goals prescribed by WHO. This goal is thus being effectively achieved by the Project.
One such case was of Mohan, a 7 years old student. He was diagnosed with TB at the district TB hospital, where he was found to be seriously ill and tested positive on a sputum test. He came to Operation ASHA extremely weak and malnourished.
Our counselor immediately started him on treatment. Our counselor explained the details of TB treatment, transmission, and prevention to Mohan and told that if he took his medication regularly, he will soon be fine soon. Also, looking at his condition, Operation ASHA decided to support Mohan by giving her free food and nutrition for her entire treatment period.
Two months after beginning treatment, he was able to continue her studies—rather than being kicked out of school, which is a sadly common occurrence for students who contract TB. Now healthy and in the last months of treatment, Mohan comments on his treatment: The counselor makes me laugh – by talking and laughing with me.
Many other disadvantaged slum dwellers, like Mohan, have benefitted from this project. Thank you for your contribution.
Best Practices learnt during the project.
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