An acronym for Resource Group for Education and Advocacy for Community Health, REACH was established in Chennai in 1999 in response to the rolling out of the Revised National TB Control Program (RNTCP) in Tamil Nadu. Managed by an Executive Committee, REACH has evolved over the last two decades to become a key partner and leader in the fight against TB in India.
Our mandate is broad and is geared towards our vision of a society and community free of tuberculosis. We work in close partnership with the National TB Elimination Programme at the national, state and district levels, as well as with many other partners.
At the core of our work is this conviction -
that we must place the person affected by TB at the centre of all our actions and decisions and ensure that everything we do is guided by their needs.
We work closely with private providers, including doctors, hospitals, laboratories and pharmacists to strengthen their understanding of and involvement in TB care and prevention.
We provide direct support, including medical care, to people with TB in Chennai through nodal Nakshatra centres. We also facilitate holistic care and support for people with TB across India through our TB Champions and community volunteers.
We engage and empower TB-affected communities across India, through our flagship TB survivor to TB Champion model.
We work to improve coordination among previously unengaged stakeholders, including the media, industries, elected representatives and celebrities, among others.
We work to strengthen and expand the evidence-base for TB through innovative actions.
We work to improve awareness of TB through sustained community outreach, campaigns, social media and other avenues.
Dr Nalini Krishnan, Founder-Director, REACH