India is the highest TB burden country with the largest HIV epidemic. With treatment, TB can be cured and HIV patients can live a lengthy, fufilling life. The battle can be won, but not without a means to transport for the patients and our staff who serves them. We have almost enough fund for a van. We just need the final $3250. This 4X4 will allow Blossom to travel further and quicker to patients who need to be transported to designated government hospitals for tests and treatments.
People die everyday without even knowing they have TB or HIV. We travel to remote villages to educate them, find patients, and direct them to correct health service providers. However, even if the villagers learn correct information, they are unable to visit the treatment centres because they cannot afford the bus fare, or because public buses that take longer and are unreliable.
We have taught nearly 5000 villagers about sensitive topics through the Educlowns programme alone. We have reached extra 5000 through other classes The van will also transport Educlowns, community theatre group that uses comedy to teach rural villagers about TB, HIV and other pertinent health issues. The van will bring laughter and awareness to remote, excluded areas. It will allow our field staff to reach even more people, saving lives they could not have otherwise.
We hope to reach an extra 2000 people per year, this will almost double the impact of our projcets. More social mobilisation power resulting from easier access to remote villages. Increased number of health educational programmes, such as Educlowns among others. More identification of TB patients among hard-to-reach population. Increased registration to our patients' support group, Rainbow TB Forum. Ability to transport patients to treatment centres in cases of emergency. Quicker respon
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