HELPING THE DESERTED TO BRING BLOSSOM
Tuberculosis is a leading killer of young adults worldwide and the global scourge of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis is reaching epidemic proportions. It is endemic in most developing countries and resurgent in developed countries combined with a high rate of HIV .
The lack of enough diagnosis, poor adherence to the treatment, injudicious use of drugs by private practitioners, and so forth have made the condition of TB even worse .Blossom Trust knew this very well so it is creating awareness on TB and HIV. We are encouraging people to take TB and HIV test in government hospitals .Blossom daily works with 500 people and creates awareness among them.Blossom conducts regular meeting and programs on 11 blocks of virudhunagar district to create awareness on TB and HIV.
DOTS is undoubtedly the best available tool all over the world to prevent TB or to keep it under control, with the help of Edu-clowns we are conducting an Interactive discussion with the Child Audience and trying to create awareness against TB,HIV and DOTS. All the myths and misconceptions about TB, stigma and discrimination are made clear. Our Edu-Clowns strategy is a unique Theatre performance which allows the audience to come to a consensus and arrive at a final decision for the problem posed in the drama.
10 Edu - Clowns Campaign was conducted and 50 children support groups were formed to continue with child referral for TB diagnosis and treatment. The outcome of these campaigns helped us to identify 8 children with TB symptoms.This children will be monitored by our Outreach workers who will appoint DOTS providers in their respective villages and supervise their development through their treatment. Since these innovative programmes prove to be successful in tracking the children with TB, we plan to expand and conduct more campaigns to reach out to children with TB.
We thank our various donors who continue to donate to this much-wanted and needed project in this region. We also request you to increase the donations to serve more children with TB and prevent TB among children.
For World AIDS Day 2013, we need your donations to run a powerful Educlowns campaign in Virudhunagar district, Tamil Nadu. We are Blossom Trust, a grassroots NGO committed to improving the welfare of society’s most marginalised groups. We have extensive experience supporting individuals living with HIV/AIDS and/or TB, such as our Dayspring Home orphanage providing care for affected and infected children, forums for those experiencing discrimination in hospitals, and numerous Community Based Organisations and Women’s Self Help Groups. Our projects empower disadvantaged people, who are stigmatised in society. On the 1st December 2013, we want to further our positive impact in Virudhunagar.
Here at Blossom, we prioritise community participation. Our AIDS awareness campaign, right in the centre of Virudhunagar in the railway station, will involve our educational street theatre group ‘Educlowns’. Their red noses, which signal fury at unacceptable societal situations, will be difficult to ignore. Employing clowning, folk dance, and songs, our talented actors will engage passersby in discussions of HIV/AIDS, encouraging them to ask questions to dispel common myths and misconceptions surrounding the disease. Blossom strives to change the negative attitudes towards HIV/AIDS sufferers, and increase the rate of HIV testing. Addressing the prevention, treatment and socio-cultural attitudes of HIV/AIDS in an accessible way, the performances will provoke thought and stimulate behavioural change. For example, a previous Educlowns TB campaign at Mariamman temple festival in Irukkangudi village resulted in a 20% increase of visitors to Sattur Government hospital’s TB centre.
Whilst our actors will be interacting with the public across the station, Blossom staff will be based at the information booth, ready to provide free condoms, counselling, and further information on HIV/AIDS. This will run on a first come first serve basis, but with donations, we can provide a great number of staff to ensure that everybody seeking help receives it! Working in partnership with the Railway Government hospital, a walkable distance from Virudhunagar station, we will direct the public to their services and facilities.
We request your kind donations to help us run this unique and impactful public campaign for World AIDS Day 2013, and be one step closer to universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.
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