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19th October 2021

TB Mukt Bharat 2025
As India continues to battle tuberculosis (TB) one of the most infectious diseases that kills an estimated 480,000 Indians every year and more than 1,400 every day, SHARE INDIA joined hands with the Delhi Police to improve diagnostic care in the community.

Diagnosis and treatment for latent TB infection (LTBI) are important for TB, especially in high-risk populations and its high prevalence in India. Our country has a large number of TB cases in the world and there are more than a million ‘missing’ cases every year, not notified and most remain undiagnosed or either inadequately diagnosed.

To address this issue, SHARE INDIA is identifying such cases and providing diagnostic care and interventions to reduce TB and LTBI in high–risk key population of rickshaw drivers in different areas of Delhi.

The Delhi Police joined hands with SHARE INDIA to support this initiate in Central Delhi by arranging camps and helping to apprise TB and LTBI in rickshaw drivers to achieve the National Goal of Eliminating TB by 2025.

 

17th September 2021

The Central TB Division (CTD) GoI collaborated with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), #India and SHARE INDIA and initiated a new project, Expand ELEVATE (Engaging Local Experts in Validating and Analyzing #TB-data to End TB) on 09th September 2021. The aim of the project is to support the National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme (NTEP) by strengthening the ability of programme staff to improve data quality and analyse data for programmatic action.

This initiative was inaugurated by Dr Sudarsan Mandal, Deputy Director General (TB), CTD on 09th September 2021 at New Delhi in the presence of Dr Alok Mathur, Addl. Deputy Director General (SAG), CTD, Dr Ravinder Kumar, Tuberculosis Specialist, CTD, Dr Sanjay Mattoo, Jt. Director, CTD and other officials from CTD. Dr Satish Kaipilyawar, Associate Project Director, SHARE INDIA, Dr Christine Ho, TB Branch Chief, CDC India and Dr Quazi Toufique Ahmed, Public Health Specialist (TB) were present for the inauguration along with the implementation team, Dr Pratibha Pawar, Ms. Maherukh Nasim and data analysts. The launch was virtually witnessed by all the State TB Officers (STO) from selected states and state NTEP consultants from WHO. The inauguration event was followed by a two-day training workshop for the SHARE INDIA project staff by CTD in New Delhi.

The project will be implemented in eleven states of India viz. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Mizoram, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

30th August 2021

e-Launch of Latent TB Infection Prevalence Project, Mumbai #MovingtowardsTBfreeMumbai

SHARE INDIA supports several initiatives driven by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and one such initiative was the ‘TB-free Mumbai’ initiative in response to the ambitious goal of the Government of India for a TB Free India, by 2025. The MCGM is spearheading this initiative in collaboration with the Mumbai District TB Control Society, National Tuberculosis Elimination Program. SHARE INDIA in collaboration with CDC contributes to this initiative through its several activities in Mumbai targeted towards prevention and treatment of Tuberculosis. As a part of this, a drive for diagnosis of Latent TB Infection Prevalence Project in close contacts of TB patients will start in 24 districts of Mumbai. Technical assistance is provided by CDC India, the test kits, project staff and laboratory support are provided by SHARE INDIA, KEM Hospital will perform tests and upon diagnosis the MCGM will provide treatment and follow-up services through the program. This drive is termed as “Latent TB Infection Prevalence Project in Mumbai”.

The project was e-Launched by Dr Mangala Gomare, Executive Health Officer (EHO), Mumbai on 30th August 2021 at the Public Health Department, Mumbai. The dignitaries who graced the e-launch were Dr Pranita Tipre, City TB Officer, Mumbai & Principal Investigator; Dr Vijay V. Yeldandi, Head Infectious Diseases & Public Health, SHARE INDIA; Dr Satish Kaipilyawar, Associate Project Director, SHARE INDIA; Dr Melissa Nyendak, Program Director Division of Global HIV and TB, CDC India; Mr. Brian Kolodziejski, Deputy Country Director, CDC, India; Mr. Lokesh Upadhyay, Associate Director, CDC India; Dr Rajesh Deshmukh, Public Health Specialist, TB, CDC India and the implementation team of SHARE INDIA-Dr Sampada Bhide, Sr. Project Manager; Dr Nikunj Fofani, Technical Officer and Ms. Fatima Khan, Consultant-Project Supervisor. Dr Christine HO, TB branch chief, CDC India & Co-Principal Investigator and the District TB Officers of Mumbai city joined the e-launch virtually.

30th August 2021

Dr Vijay V. Yeldandi, Head Infectious Diseases and Public Health, SHARE INDIA, pens down his learning journey story as an alumni of the Implementing Public Policy Executive Education Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

If you would like to experience the journey of Dr Yeldandi, this piece of writing is a must-read for those with a passion in Patient safety and Infection prevention.

https://buildingstatecapability.com/2021/08/18/hiv-patient-safety-and-infection-prevention-in-india/

03rd August 2021

Launch of Project HAaLT in Nagpur on 03rd August 2021
Under the able leadership of the National TB Elimination Program the Household contact Active and Latent Tuberculosis Intervention (HAaLT) project was e-launched in Nagpur on 03rd August, 2021 in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and SHARE INDIA.

“The aim of the project is to detect and treat active and latent contacts that will help to bring down the curve.”

The project was e-launched by the Honorable NMC Commissioner, Mr. Radhakrishnan B. IAS.

The dignitaries who graced the e-launch were CEO, Zilla Parishad Nagpur, Mr. Yogesh Kumbhejkar IAS; Add. Municipal Commissioner Mr. Ram Joshi; Dean, IGGMC, Mrs. Bhawna Sonawne; DHO, Dr Deepak Selokar; MOH, Dr Sanjay Chilkar; PI of Project & HOD Chest Medicine, Department IGGMC Mrs. Radha Munje; Dr Christine, TB Branch Chief, CDC India; Dr Vijay V. Yeldandi, Head Infectious Diseases and Public Health, SHARE INDIA and Dr Satish Kaipilyawar, Associate Project Director, SHARE INDIA.

#TBElimination “Together we can defeat TB and prevent further spread of the disease.”

24th July 2021

SHARE INDIA consistently supports the initiatives driven by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

During a recent endeavor on 23rd and 24th July 2021, an advocacy meeting was organized by SHARE INDIA with the Principal, Government medical college and the Viral load laboratory, Ananthapur, Andhra Pradesh to monitor and mentor the staff and focus on laboratory optimization for viral load testing.

25th March 2021

Launch of the Transgender Health & Wellness Centre, Manipur

Under the leadership of NACO, the Manipur SACS collaborated with ITECH India and SHARE INDIA to launch the Transgender Health & Wellness Centre in Manipur.

The centre was inaugurated by Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh, Honorable MLA and Advisor (Health), to the Chief Minister and Ms. Patti Hoffman, Consulate General, US Consulate General, Kolkata on 25th March 2021.

 

24th March 2021

Commemorating World TB Day on 24th March 2021 – Project STAR

Prior to COVID-19, Tuberculosis (TB), also an airborne disease, was one of the leading causes of death among other infectious diseases globally. Given the gravity of problem, public health leaders across the world, made a commitment to End TB by 2030. India, moving a step further, set up a bold ambition to eliminate TB in India by 2025.

March 24th was commemorated as the ‘World TB Day’ across the globe including India. This year the theme of ‘World TB Day’, 2021 was The Clock is Tickingwhich conveyed a sense of urgency that the world is running out of time to act on its commitment to end TB. It becomes increasingly important, especially in the context of COVID-19 pandemic, which has put the progress of National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme (NTEP) towards ensuring equitable access to prevention and care for TB at risk.

SHARE INDIA in collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), India under its project STAR (Strengthening TB Action and Response) planned a series of events on the occasion of ‘World TB Day’, 2021, to showcase its commitment towards ending TB.

1. HAaLT TB in collaboration with the Nagpur Municipal Corporation
HAaLT TB in collaboration with the Nagpur Municipal Corporation Activity HAaLT TB in collaboration with the Nagpur Municipal Corporation and Indira Gandhi Govt. Medical College focused on improving TB control in Nagpur through a package of interventions to detect and cure latent TB in household contacts. The activities conducted in collaboration with NTEP staff are listed below.

SHARE INDIA facilitated the meeting of NTEP staff where the District TB Officers re-informed the key messages on latent TB to the NTEP staff
Sensitization session was conducted for ASHA workers by the Senior Treatment Supervisor (STS) to encourage them to spread awareness in the community about TB and LTBI. A unique WhatsApp campaign was initiated for ASHAs to share their 2-minute video explaining TB and LTBI where 3 best videos will be rewarded
TBHV wearing mask with a message “TB Harega Desh Jeetega” to promote infection prevention practices

2. Inauguration of the World TB Day event Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

 “World Tuberculosis Day” commemoration at Dr. Ambedkar International Center, Janpath, New Delhi: The event was inaugurated by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare along with Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. The IEC posters developed by SHARE INDIA conveying messages on important Airborne Infection Control practices such as ‘Cough etiquettes for patients’, ‘AIC Do’s and Don’ts for health facilities’ as well as ‘Strengthening airborne infection control measures in Mumbai health facilities, 2016-2020’ (an e-poster presented at the Union Conference, 2020) got a prominence at this event.

3.End MDR – TB Dharavi (ETBD)

The End MDR – TB Dharavi (ETBD) activity in Mumbai focuses on improving treatment outcomes for Drug Resistant TB (DRTB) cases in slums of Mumbai through redressal of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) & linkage of migrated patients to program thereby reducing loss to follow-up and improve TB treatment outcomes.

On 23rd March, 2021 SHARE INDIA team participated in the World TB day activities organised by the National TB Elimination Program (NTEP) and Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) at G/North district. The event ‘Chalta Bolta’A TB Quiz road show with signature campaign was a great success with TB messages given to public in the form of questions and answers. The winners were given goodies with TB messages. The field Coordinators along with the NTEP field staff distributed handkerchiefs to spread the message of ‘respiratory hygiene’ – cover mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing to prevent spread of TB and other respiratory pathogens.

4. Global TB Champions 2021

An incredibly proud moment for SHARE INDIA to be recognized by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Altanta on World TB day-24th March as one of the 2021 Global TB Champions.
Multidrug-Resistant TB Dharavi Field Coordinators made >800 calls to drug-resistant TB patients, ensuring an adequate supply of medication, checking adverse drug reactions and linking clients to food/social services, because of their commitment to fighting drug-resistant TB in Dharavi, all the Field Coordinators – Asha Salvi, Darshana Bangera, Deepali Shirke, Komal Chavan, Padmaja Chavan, Priyanka Kawade, Shabnam Shaikh, Shashikant Tambe, Siddesh Khetale, Swapnali Ambekar, Vilas Naik, and Vishal Sakpal

5. Accolades from US_CDC India & CDC Global

SHARE INDIA projects (Airborne infection control in Mumbai, End MDR TB in Dharavi and Household contact Active and Latent Tuberculosis (HAaLT TB) in Nagpur received a global presence on account of World TB Day, 2021. Tweets by US_CDC India and CDC Global on partnering with SHARE INDIA to support the goal of Government of India to end TB by 2025.

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