200 College Students Became CHAI – TB Advocates
CHAI organized a Seminar titled ‘’TB Advocates; a campaign by youth to control and eradicate TB’’ for college students of the twin cities on 20th March 2015. The objective of the Seminar was to highlight the role of students in TB prevention and control. Around 200 students from different colleges, namely JMJ College of Nursing, Apollo College of Nursing, Care College of Nursing, Vijaya Marie College of Nursing, PG College, Secunderabad, Roda Mistry College of Social Work, and National Institute of Mentally Handicapped (NIMH) participated in the programme.
The programme was inaugurated with lighting of the lamp by Rev.Dr . Tomi Thomas, IMS, Director-General, CHAI; Dr. G. Srinivasa Rao, State Tuberculosis officer, Telangana; Dr. Joseph, WHO Consultant A.P; and Dr. Vimala Thomas, Head of the Department of Community Medicine, Gandhi Medical college, Secunderabad.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), India is a high-TB burden country, with an estimated number of 2.2 million cases of TB out of global incidence of 8.7million cases. It is estimated that 40% of Indian population is infected with TB and nearly 800 TB positive die every from India alone.
As a sequel to the seminar, the World TB Day was commemorated by the students who had attended the seminar along with a few more students by organizing various mass media/ awareness activities. 350-400 students from different colleges participated in activities like Rally, Street Play, Quiz competition, Poster competition etc at various locations in the twin cities. Most of the activities were organized in the urban slums focusing on the vulnerable communities.
The students educated vegetable vendors, shop keepers, sweepers, autorickshaw drivers, pavement dwellers, wood vendors and pedestrians about the various aspects of tuberculosis like detection, treatment etc. They reached out to more than a thousand community members. The awareness activities enabled the students to disseminate messages on TB care and control. Information, Education, Communication (IEC) materials were also distributed to the members. Very innovative skits and songs on TB awareness were also composed by some of the college students. The college authorities appreciated CHAI’s effort and expressed their interest to join similar programmes in future towards making the state TB-free.