Tuberculosis though a curable disease is still killing millions of people around the world. India carries one fifth of the worlds TB burden. We at REACH reach out to TB patients and guide them towards cure. We also work towards creating awareness about the disease in communities, as awareness is the corner stone to controlling the disease.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Tuberculosis still remains a public health issue in India claiming around 330,000 annually. India accounts for one-fifth of the global TB incident cases. Every year nearly 2 million people in India develop TB, of which around 0.87 are infectious cases. Since 1993, the Government of India has been implementing the WHO-recommended DOTS strategy via the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP). However people still remain unaware of the RNTCP and its services.
How will this project solve this problem?
REACH (Resource Group for Education & Advocacy for Community Health) is a non profit organization working to increase the visibility and reach of the RNTCP in Chennai city, India. The corner stone for TB control being awareness, REACH has been working for the past twelve years with TB patients and towards creating awareness through various mediums like TB talks, skits, film shows, songs, pamphlet distribution and poster sticking in slums, communities, educational institutions and work places.
Potential Long Term Impact
Creating awareness is the corner stone to the control of the disease.People are still unaware of the symptoms and diagnosis of the disease. Awareness thus leads to early diagnosis and treatment, it also leads to reduction in spread of infection, thereby controlling the disease.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.