New Union project to conduct systematic TB screening in insurgency-hit area of India

The Union has begun the initial phase of a new project in Chhattisgarh state, India, where an ongoing conflict makes health services difficult to access for the majority tribal population living in the densely forested areas of the state. 

The project will conduct active case finding among the tribal communities in Narainpur and Kondagoan districts. Working in collaboration with two local community-based organisations, project teams will train health workers in tuberculosis (TB) prevention, diagnosis and care. Volunteers will assist remote communities in accessing health services, by transporting sputum samples to diagnostic facilities and supporting patients in treatment adherence.

In addition to screening community members for TB, the volunteers will also screen and identify children with severe acute malnutrition and link them to India’s nutritional rehabilitation centres. 

The project will run until January 2020 and is funded under a TB REACH grant through the Stop TB Partnership.