In East Kazakhstan, people suffering from drug resistant TB receive an 18 month long daily treatment. The illness causes patients to lose their jobs, have no means for the daily trips to the clinic nor income to support their families. The treatment also has strong side effects. These are the reasons why patients interrupt or stop treatment at the risk of getting ill again, infecting others and developing a worse form of TB for which there is no cure. It is vital that they complete treatment.
KNCV provides psychological and social support to these patients by training nurses and social workers, establishing support groups, and providing patients with food and hygiene packages, public transport money and help in finding affordable housing.
The project is mainly funded by the government for reasons of durability, but more investment is needed for scaling it up. If together we can show the project's effectiveness, the government will increase its support for nationwide implementation.