The ALLIES project strives to end TB through community initiatives. The goal of the USAID supported project (October 2019 to September 2023) is to enable the environment for TB elimination by leveraging community action as an ally to build a culture of accountability.
The ALLIES project is being implemented in three districts each in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha and in six districts in Tamilnadu.
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Seven TB Champions participated in the 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health held virtually in October. Speaking as part of different sessions, TB Champions spoke about their role in the community in mitigating issues faced by people with TB, their efforts to operationalise the Community Accountability framework and their learnings from the stigma assessment.
A unique stigma art skilling workshop was organised in September 2021 to help TB Champions translate their experiences with stigma onto canvas and paper using paint, charcoal and digital mediums, guided by artist Rishi Mehra.
Learn to Lead is a curated knowledge series for TB Champions and survvior-led networks with a different theme n response to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the project conducted Knowledge Building sessions with members of TB survivor-led networks in the priority states to promote awareness on COVID-19 appropriate behaviour, availability of COVID-19 vaccines, Nikshay Poshan Yojana and other aspects of TB. In addition, as part of the ‘Learn to Lead’ series, messages containing information about various aspects of COVID-19 and TB were developed and disseminated in Hindi, Odia and Tamil.
The next edition of REACH'sTB Centrestage discussion series was held on 22 March 2021, ahead of World TB Day.. At the meeting, REACH presented the first draft of a Community Accountability Framework for Improved Quality of Care and Services,. 14 TB Champions spoke as part of different panels, outlining their vision for engagement of TB-affected communities.
Dr PK Hota, Jt Director of Health Services (TB), STC, Odisha
The project's flagship intervention to establish a feedback mechanism from communities to the health system, with TB Champions as facilitators. Over 225 TB Champions are currently working to implement CAF.
A training curriculum to equip TB programme staff to work with communities and adopt person-centred approaches to end TB. Regular workshops are held in project states and districts.
TB Champions trained to use the stigma assessment tool developed by the Stop TB Partnership to understand and respond to stigma affected communities.
Survivor-led networks supported to expand their presence, improve coordination with the health system and establish good governance.
Expanding the Employer Led Model (ELM) for TB care and prevention by engaging industries, with a focus on those employing populations vulnerable to TB.
REACH or the Resource group for Education and Advocacy for Community Health is a non-profit organisation based in India and working on Tuberculosis for over two decades.
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