World TB Day observed across Asha communities
As per WHO, despite significant progress over the last decades, TB continues to be the top infectious killer worldwide, claiming over 4500 lives a day. This disease is deeply rooted in populations where human rights and dignity are limited. While anyone can contract TB, the disease thrives among people living in poverty, communities and groups that are marginalized, and other vulnerable populations.
The theme of World TB Day 2018, celebrated on 24th of March – “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world”- focused on building commitment to end TB.
Our young but powerful leaders across Asha slum communities are not just thoroughly aware of this life-threatening disease but as responsible citizens conduct rallies and do home visits to spread awareness among their communities.
To celebrate the world TB Day, the entire week was dedicated to spreading awareness and conducting workshops with women, children and community members in Asha’s slum communities. In some of our Asha centres, we had medical representatives from the government to address the community members on the importance of the day.
Asha has been working in collaboration with the state health department to provide DOT therapy to the patients suffering from the disease.
Here are a few glimpses of the activities across our communities showcasing the young leaders in action.