CHAI-Axshaya – Global Fund Round 9 TB Project for Civil Society Engagement
The CHAI-Axshya project has been running for the last four years and been focusing on strengthening India’s national TB control programme and TB services through Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization (ACSM). The Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) is the largest coalition partners of International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The UNION) and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India (Central TB Division), working proactively to improve the reach, visibility and efficacy of RNTCP.
Activities include high-level advocacy for political and administrative support, implementation of the RNTCP ACSM strategy at the state and district levels, and social mobilization to garner community demand for TB services covering 96 districts across 10 states of India. This is largely achieved through networking with 380 NGOs and their 2880 Health Volunteers and undertaking activities, such as, empowerment of community groups through awareness campaigns, community meetings; establishing sputum collection and transport mechanisms and building a team of community volunteers. The innovative initiative of District TB Forums by CHAI under the project has given a platform to voice the needs and challenges of the affected community.
The CHAI-Axshya project covers 96 districts across Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Nagaland; comprising underperforming, poor and backward, difficult and predominantly tribal districts.