Andhra Pradesh accounts for a disproportionately high percentage of India’s overall TB and HIV cases. TB is the most common killer of people with HIV and it can kill within months. Yet a TB Alert study found that Andhra Pradesh’s most disadvantaged groups such as tribal communities and the rural and urban poor knew very little about the two diseases. This survey supported the 2011 launch of TB Alert’s TB Advocacy Project (TAP).
Tackling TB-HIV in vulnerable communities
The £500, 000 TB Advocacy project, which was funded by the Department for International Development (DfID), ended in 2014. The external evaluation showed that the project reached 12% of the local population and exceeded its targets, particularly in respect of the number of people diagnosed with TB, HIV or TB-HIV coinfection.
As a result of the project:
- 2051 people were diagnosed with TB, 652 with HIV and 135 with TB-HIV coinfection
- Local awareness of TB increased from 52% to 92%
- Awareness of local diagnosis and treatment facilities doubled
- 3,214 members joined 193 newly formed TB self-help groups
- 7,518 members of 680 pre-existing self-help groups received training on TB and HIV
- 1,791 people with suspected TB or HIV symptoms were referred for diagnosis through the self-help groups
- 1,952 healthcare providers were trained on TB, HIV and treatment rights
- 111 children secured local government nutritional support during their TB-HIV treatment
Read the external project evaluation here
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