Baharagora: Baharagora MLA Kunal Sarangi released the impact report on a multi-stakeholder movement for a TB-Free Baharagora at Shishu Udyan here. The movement was launched on March 24th last year on the occasion of World TB Day. The meeting was organised by REACH as part of the Call to Action Project with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The report summarises TB-related efforts in Baharagora since the campaign and describes how the involvement of an elected representative can trigger and accelerate efforts for a TB-free constituency. Speaking on the occasion, Sarangi said, “We are confident that through the TB-Free Baharagora movement, we have been able to demonstrate how the involvement of all key stakeholders can help ensure people have access to information about TB and TB services.”
The impact report was released in the presence of District TB Officer, Dr. Prabhakar Kumar Bhagat. Appreciating the efforts of those involved in the movement, he said, “We need to continue this work and develop sustainable TB-Free models to achieve our dream of a TB-free society.”
TB survivors-turned-Champions in the constituency also launched the Baharagora chapter of TEJ (TB Elimination from Jharkhand) on the occasion. Sushma Mahali, one of the TB Champions leading the efforts of the mission, who has provided support to nearly 70 people affected by TB said, “If more TB survivors join me and become TB Champions, we can work together in the community and end TB and the stigma associated with it.”The meeting was also attended by other key stakeholders including Kamal Club members, JSLPS, Sahiyas, PRI members, Block Development Officers, BEEO and others.