25th January 2021
A case story on the commendable work carried out by our Outreach Workers under the able leadership of Project NISCHIT during the National Lockdown, features on the “Express Healthcare”. You may click the below link for the detailed “Case Story”.
25th September 2020
The End MDR TB Dharavi project – #Successstory7
Breaking the language barrier to ensure access to MDR-TB treatment and preventing loss to follow-up (LTFU)
Narayan Shankar (name changed) from Tamil Nadu was initiated on MDR TB treatment regimen in April’2020. Narayan was staying with his friend in Dharavi and making a living by selling tender coconut water. His business came to a standstill when the pandemic struck and as his only source of income was cut. He left for his hometown, Tirunelveli district with TB medicine stock of two months.
SHARE INDIA’s Field Coordinator (FC), Darshana, took a proactive approach and collected Narayan’s alternate contact details and native address when the lockdown was announced. She does this exercise for all her migrating patients who have a high probability to be “lost to follow up”.
Darshana contacted the patient’s alternate number and ensured that he had approached the nearest health facility in his hometown for his medicine stock, and his treatment is continuing. In the subsequent month, the native health worker informed him that he would require to take a transfer from Mumbai to his native place to get continuous stock of medication. Darshana pitched in to support Narayan in this ordeal and realized that he wanted to return to Dharavi when travel restrictions are lifted.
She facilitated a teleconference to link the TB Health worker in Dharavi and Narayan’s native Tirunelveli. Our FC overcame the language barrier as the health worker spoke only in Tamil and enabled the conversation between them. This helped the health worker understand Narayan’s concern and supplied him with an additional stock of medicines for one month to sustain him until his return to Dharavi.
Narayan was overwhelmed with the support received from Darshana and looks forward to getting back to Dharavi to resume his coconut business, for Mumbai calls him their very own ‘’nariyal pani wala’’.
Dedicated to Ms Darshana for her proactive efforts and overcoming language barriers for continuous treatment adherence.
31st August 2020
The End MDR TB Dharavi project – #Successstory6
Ensuring family support and patient motivation for Drug-resistant TB Treatment adherence support
It had been a year and Salim’s (name changed) TB treatment follow-up reports were still positive. Disheartened, he abruptly stopped his TB drugs in May’2020. In time he received support from Shashikant, our very own pro-active field coordinator (FC) from SHARE INDIA.
Shashikant dedicated his time and efforts by consistently following-up with Salim. He immediately updated the TB programme staff about his interactions with Salim, and followed-up for the required blood test and audiometry (a test for hearing ability) to re-start his treatment.
Shashikant faced resistance from Salim, as he was unwilling to take the tests and hence stopped taking our FC’s calls. Undeterred, Shashikant continued his calls to Salim and his family, to help them understand that a positive culture report meant that he was still infectious and could infect them. He persistently motivated Salim and his family that by restarting treatment, he could be free from TB.
Finally, Shashikant’s patience and determination paid off! Salim undertook the required tests and initiated his treatment regimen. A distressed Salim received what was needed; “Support, Assurance and Motivation”.
Shashikant was glad that his relentless efforts not only helped Salim but his entire family who were at risk to contract TB!
Dedicated to Mr Shashikant, Field Coordinator, SHARE INDIA; for his relentless efforts and for going beyond his call of duty.
20th August 2020
The End MDR TB Dharavi project – #Successstory5
Preventing Lost to follow-up due to Migration & supporting Adherence to TB treatment
A regular phone call from our very own field worker (FW) Ms Komal, SHARE INDIA to Ramcharan (name changed), a DR TB patient from Dharavi showed a glimpse of his health condition, loss of job and income due to COVID-19 lockdown. Unable to pay the house rent and a large family to care for, he left for his hometown, Khandala, Maharashtra, without informing the NTEP programme staff.
Limited medicine stock for only 4 to 5 days left him bewildered, but Komal counselled and guided him to reach to the nearest health centre in his hometown and in the meanwhile informed the Dharavi NTEP staff about Ramcharan’s migration.
With her support, Ramcharan visited the health centre in his village and received his medication sufficient for a few days. She went the extra mile and put all her efforts in coordinating with TB staff at Dharavi, to check for any possibility to transfer excess drugs at his village, as Ramcharan is still at his village.
With no immediate plans to shift back to Dharavi, Komal is ensuring his drug adherence and follow-up tests. We at SHARE INDIA are proud of field worker’s like Komal who intervene at the right time to guide, motivate and encourage patients with the uninterrupted treatment regimen and follow-up.
Dedicated to Ms Komal, FW, SHARE INDIA for ensuring continues TB drug adherence to Ramcharan.
10th August 2020
The End MDR TB Dharavi project – #Successstory4
Ensuring Support for our TB Patient on the Road to Recovery
Dinanath Chauhan (name changed) and his family along with his mother and brother live in a tiny one-room home in Kala Killa in Dharavi.
One phone call from Mr Siddhesh Khetale to, our ORW at SHARE INDIA Dharavi ‘End MDR TB Dharavi Project’, revealed the dire need of Dinanath and his family. Not only was Dinanath diagnosed as a failure of MDR regimen in 2019 and started on a regimen for XDR TB his brother also developed MDR TB. Dinanath’s wife and mother were selling vegetables to support the family, but unfortunately due to the lockdown, their only source of income also vanished. Supporting the needs of the children was a mounting concern.
Over time the condition of Dinanath deteriorated drastically and he could barely walk, due to severe knee joint pain and was diagnosed with TB of his knee joints. Surgery was the only option as per his doctors. His dire financial situation delayed the surgery, but for fear of losing time, his family borrowed money for surgery, as neither he nor his brother was in a position to work. Thankfully the surgery went well and Dinanath started walking with the help of crutches.
Access to basic needs continued to be a challenge; he needed adequate food due to his TB regimen. Local donors who provided one-time meals to the families affected by the lockdown did not suffice.
Our ORW Siddhesh took on the responsibility to assist Dinanath and connected the family to NGO SNEHA and Drona Trust who supported them with fresh fruits and vegetables for a week and groceries for a month. Our ORW is striving to support Dinanath complete his treatment regimen and help him on the “Road to Recovery”.
Dedicated to Mr Siddhesh, ORW, SHARE INDIA for ensuring continues support to Dinanath.
04th August 2020
SHARE INDIA selected as one of the trial sites for PHASE III vaccine trials in India
Serum Institute gets nod for Oxford vaccine trials.
This would make the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine – called Covishield – the first one to enter phase II and III trials in India.
To ensure that Phase III trials can start on vaccines that are in advanced preclinical or in early clinical stages, the department of biotechnology has already created five trial sites across the country and is working on preparing six more. Each of the trial sites will provide access to cohorts of 50,000 to 100,000 people. The sites are INCLEN Trust International, Haryana; KEM Vadu, Pune; Christian Medical College, Vellore; Society for Health Allied Research Education (SHARE), Hyderabad; and National Institute of Epidemiology, Tirunelveli.
To learn on the vaccine trials, follow the link at
The End MDR TB Dharavi project- #Successstory3
Enhancing the Quality of Life among TB patients
Amit (name changed) was in a coma for 2 months after an accident in August’2019. He was put on ventilator support, miraculously improved and was eventually discharged from the hospital. However, he developed fever, cough and chest congestion and his deteriorating condition needed immediate medical intervention again.
He was diagnosed with Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) TB in December’2019. His anti-TB treatment was started and due to the sudden lockdown in March’2020; Ms Darshana (ORW, SHARE INDIA) took charge to ensure of his sufficient drug stock and adherence.
Darshana received a distress call from Amit’s family a month back. He was having a ringing sensation in his ear and severe joints pain. Our ORW immediately consulted doctors and coordinated his referral to the nearest TB hospital. Amit suffered from severe drug side-effects.
He narrowly escaped the permanent hearing loss with a vigilant Darshana by his side. Knowing his family’s economic condition, she also activated her network for nutritional support for Amit from the NGO, SNEHA.
We are proud of Darshana for saving Amit from a permanent hearing loss and that she could play a significant role to enhance the ‘Quality of Life’ for Amit.
28th July 2020
Hello Sakina……..its Padmaja!
Padmaja rang up Sakina Banu (name changed), who lives in Dharavi and is taking anti-TB treatment. Although it was a routine call for Padmaja for being an active ORW of SHARE INDIA, what she was about to hear, was heart-rending.
“My sister died from TB”, were the first words of Sakina. The family had lost their income resources due to COVID-19 lockdown. She along with her mother and brother were dependent on a nearby mosque for a daily one-time meal. A portion of the meal was saved for Sakina’s dinner so that she doesn’t consume her TB medications on an empty stomach.
By the time the phone call was over with a promise to help, Padmaja knew of her immediate action!
She connected with NGO SNEHA and Deeniyat Trust and coordinated the supply of food provisions, vegetables and fruits for Sakina’s family. While the supply was sufficient to ensure food for a month, Padmaja was certain to see Sakina adhere to her anti-TB course.
Padmaja went above and beyond the call of duty; for she is dedicated to her work. We are proud of our association, for we believe in “One Health”.
Dedicated to Ms Padmaja Chavan, ORW, SHARE INDIA; who indeed walked that “extra mile” to “save a life”.
23rd July 2020
During his routine interactions, Mr. Shashikant Tambe, our Outreach Worker (ORW) working with SHARE INDIA under the ‘End MDR TB Dharavi Project’ telephoned Mr Ramdas (name changed). Ramdas was taking anti-TB pills for a complicated TB disease. Our ORW wanted to enquire about Ramdas’s health and medicine stocks, who was already deeply concerned about his young children, especially the health of his mentally challenged daughter.
Our ORW realized about Ramdas’s deteriorating health, decided to intervene and immediately shifted him to the hospital for treatment and care. This followed by subsequent calls to the health staff caring for Ramdas, to consistently learn about his health.
“By God’s grace and your support, I am alive today!”, acknowledged Ramdas to our ORW while getting discharged from the hospital on 28th May 2020. Shashikant was over-whelmed with joy! His timely efforts proved fruitful and prevented an untimely end of a precious life. Ramdas promised to provide his daughter with appropriate care to see her stand to her feet one day.
However, he was still faced with yet another challenge. “The Lockdown”, which deprived Ramdas of his painting contracts and his health did not permit him to take up any laborious job.
Our ORW decided to help him again, although it was not under his job description. On humanitarian grounds, he networked with an NGO, SNEHA to support Ramdas and his family with groceries and vegetables.
Alas, Ramdas echoed that he never expected so much support! Till this day our very own ORW, Shashikant cherishes this experience and is humbled to intervene at the right time to save the life of Ramdas.
17th July 2020
The evolving concepts of COVID-19
Dr Vijay V Yeldandi, Specialist in Infectious Diseases & Public Health; Patron, SHARE INDIA, providing an insightful session on the evolving concepts of COVID-19. Session moderator: Dr Vishwanath Gella, Director, Pulmonary Medicine, AIG Hospitals and Dr Jagadeesh Kumar, Sr. Consultant, Internal Medicine, AIG Hospitals.
Please check the video to gain insight into the thought-provoking session
Strive to Support Lives in these Unprecedented TimesSHARE INDIA collaborated with the Mumbai City TB Office, PATH and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention India to build the capacity of our Out-Reach Workers for The End MDR TB Dharavi project. The team has continued to strive and excel in these unprecedented times and have adapted to the virtual training methodology. The listed patients were supported virtually post-training and it has been a gratifying experience to save lives and improve the quality life of those affected with TB.
22nd June 2020
11th June 2020
SHARE INDIA’s continuous HIV-TB online training initiative
National Initiative to Strengthen & Collaboration between HIV-TB through e-Learning (e-NISCHIT)
Topic: Airborne Infection Control at Antiretroviral (ART) Centers
Didactic by: Dr Upasna Agarwal; Head, Dept. of Internal Medicine & In-Charge ART and ICTC Centre, National Institute of TB & Respiratory Diseases (NITRD), New Delhi
Moderator: Dr Vandana Dabla, SHARE INDIA
To gain insights on the training, log into the below link https://youtu.be/DEDUk72i1PQ
27th May 2020
Support through Virtual Outreach
How are you?
A phone call is all that it takes!
Our peers are important to us. We regularly connect with them to enquire their well-being and uninterrupted delivery of ART services.
In the face of #COVID-19, SHARE INDIA is supporting the Government’s response towards HIV patients by regular follow-up through phone-calls and the innovative arrangements made to ensure treatment adherence and retention during the lockdown.
25th May 2020
Caution from Corona Virus – More Care than Fear!
Dr Vijay V. Yeldandi, Epidemiologist, M.D, FACP, FCCP, FIDSA; Patron member of Science Health Allied Research Education (SHARE INDIA); Faculty Public Health Foundation of India spoke extensively on Monday – 25th May 2020 with Namaste Telangana stating that Government protocols must be followed, lockdown extension is not required and India is able to fight #COVID-19 due to the higher prevalence of youth in the country.
The Government should look at the economic development of the country and the livelihood of the people. He further advised that instead of anticipating when the vaccine will be invented it is better to practice physical distancing and masks should definitely be worn.
To gain further insights on Dr Vijay V Yeldandi’s article follow the link at https://www.ntnews.com/telangana/no-end-to-lockdown-yet-but-careful-easing-begins-38821
HIV Drug Dispensation to your DOORSTEPLockdown was needed in these unprecedented times! At the same time Adherence to HIV drugs! To your voice of how to travel to the ART centre…our response was, “We Shall Come to You”! SHARE INDIA is collaborating with APSACS and its partners in delivering HIV drugs to the DOORSTEPS of patients through its Outreach Warriors and Logistics Management.
COVID-19 Epidemic Dynamics and Population Projections from Early Days of Case Reporting in a 40 million population from Southern IndiaExperts of the Abstract include Dr Vijay V Yeldandi, Dr Rashmi Pant and Dr Jammy Guru Rajesh from SHARE INDIA
Strategy to Address the COVID-19 EpidemicPrologue: As an Infectious diseases clinician, global health worker and a lifelong educator dedicated to “One Health” and social justice, I see the continuum of the health of my patient; the family and community in natural harmony with animals and the environment. The goal of “One Health” can be facilitated by adopting the paradigm of “Salutogenesis” literally the formation of health. Applied to individuals as well as populations, salutogenesis is arrived at through a participatory action strategy to ensure (1) Comprehension: A clear understanding of the health condition. (2) Capacity: An ability to cope with the health condition and (3) Capability: An ability to pursue a purposeful life, with autonomy and dignity. www.happenforonehealth.org
Assessment in Viral Load Lab, TirupathiCOVID-19 Laboratory Testing is vital for its management and we understand this to the core! SHARE INDIA provided Technical assistance to assess the Readiness of the 10 Viral load (VL) laboratories and was instrumental in Operationalization of VL testing in Andhra Pradesh by February 2020 which will address the growing need of COVID-19 testing. Let us support our health system during these challenging times. We are in this together!
09th May 2020
Curtailing the COVID-19 Pandemic
SHARE INDIA facilitated a training of Laboratory personnel in the Viral Load laboratories by partnering with the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Andhra Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) on the use of Viral Load machine and assays to implement the testing process and curtail the COVID-19 pandemic.
Together our goal remains to Fast-track COVID-19 testing at the Viral Load laboratories by enhancing the skill-sets of the Laboratory personnel and the ART centres in Andhra Pradesh.