The Tuberculosis Health Action Learning Initiative (THALI) is a USAID funded project that aims to reach over four million people in the city of Hyderabad, in India’s Telengana State.
The project, which runs from January 2016 to January 2020, aims to reduce delayed diagnosis and improve the quality of TB treatment and care in the city.
The project will focus particularly on the populations who are most vulnerable to TB, including slum dwellers, tribal groups, people living with HIV and mining communities.
The project has five key strands:
- TB awareness raising
- supporting people with TB symptoms to access government TB diagnostic centres
- bringing private TB diagnosis and treatment in line with the government’s Standards for TB Care in India
- providing and enabling comprehensive TB prevention, care and support services for patients managed by private providers
- advocating for increased government, private and civil society investment in TB prevention and care.
Key accomplishments in the first year of the project:
- 942 slums, 2,492 healthcare facilities and 1,520 private healthcare providers were identified and assessed for their suitability for project activities
- 251,939 people learnt about TB through group meetings and events and face-to-face talks
- 2,978 people with possible TB symptoms were referred for TB diagnosis
- 488 people were diagnosed with TB
TB Alert India’s partners, Karnataka Health Promotion Trust, are running the same programme of work in the city of Bangalore.