Axshya: Tuberculosis Control

axshya-malari-control A glimpse of training organised on tuberculosis control

India bears the highest burden of tuberculosis (TB) globally. In addition to addressing the emerging challenges of drug resistant TB and TB-HIV co-infection, a lot depends on how well awareness on TB, the reach of India’s Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP), and access to services, is spread nationally. The Round 9 TB grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund) to India is among the largest and envisages a concerted response from government and civil society.

Global fund round-9 Project Axshya focuses on strengthening India’s national TB control programme and TB services through advocacy, communication and social mobilisation (ACSM). Activities include high-level advocacy for political and administrative support, implementation of the RNTCP ACSM strategy at the district levels, sub district levels and social mobilisation to garner community demand for TB services.

Project Axshya (meaning “TB Free”), is ‘A Civil Society Initiative to Strengthen TB Care and Control project in India’. The project aims to improve access to quality TB care and control through a partnership between government and civil society. It will support India’s Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) to expand its reach, visibility and effectiveness, and engage community-based providers to improve TB services, especially for women, children, marginalized, vulnerable and TB-HIV co-infected populations.

Dharti is associated with Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI), New Delhi, as a sub-sub recipient MNGO in Project Axshya that works closely with local partners, CBOs, VHSCs, community groups, PRIs, Rural Health care Providers, TB programmes and individuals. It is implementing the project in 2 TB Units of Morena district (named Kailaras and Morena) or Pahargarh, Joura, Bagchini and Sumawali DMCs area through six partner CBOs and 15 community volunteers.

The guiding principles for Project Axshya are universal access to quality TB services, community participation in TB care and control, sustainable interventions, and equitable distribution of project benefits with social and gender sensitivity. Project Axshya also aligns with the World Health Organization (WHO) Stop TB Strategy and supports India’s national TB control programme to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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