We need people – people like those in TB Alert, who are focused and ambitious and care for people at grass roots in the UK, India and Africa. Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership
In 2010 TB Alert launched The Truth About TB programme to raise awareness of TB in the UK. The programme:
- Recognises the social, cultural and economic factors that heighten individual vulnerability to TB
- Empowers people affected by TB to inform the design and delivery of TB services
- Involves the third sector in TB partnerships with local government and the NHS
Reaching the 'hard to reach'
The people who are particularly vulnerable to TB in the UK are among the most marginalised in society: black and minority ethnic communities, homeless people, people who misuse drugs or alcohol and people living with HIV. They are often considered hard to reach by statutory service providers that have previously taken an overwhelmingly clinical approach to delivering TB services.
The Truth About TB programme reaches these groups by supporting local partnerships between statutory providers with responsibility for TB, and the not-for-profit organisations that already exist to support vulnerable groups. It provides TB training and support to enable such non-TB specialist organisations to integrate TB into their programmes.
Involving people affected by TB
The programme also encourages local TB partnerships to include the voices of people affected by TB at all levels of planning and delivery. People who have been through TB services as a patient are, after all, best placed to understand why people may delay seeking help for possible TB symptoms, and what encourages affected individuals to seek out and remain in treatment. The TB Action Group, a network for people affected by TB in the UK that is facilitated by TB Alert, is leading the way on this work.
Find out more:
The Truth About TB website
TB Action Group
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