Ranchi: Sevenshort videos featuring tuberculosis (TB) survivors and Champions of Jharkhand were launched in Ranchi today. The videos were launched at the valedictory session of a four-day capacity-building workshop in which over 40 TB Survivors from 23 districts of Jharkhand participated. The workshop was organised by REACHin partnership with the Jharkhand State TB Cell and with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).This is the second such workshop organised by REACH.
Speaking at the valedictory session, Dr. Anindya Mitra, Trainer and In-charge of State TB Cell, Jharkhand said, “TB Champions can bring about change in their communities. They need to be actively involved in generating awareness and supporting patients. The commitment of TB Champions present at this workshop and their commitment to work in their communities is admirable.”
The short videos developed by REACH record the transformation of seven individuals from TB Survivors to TB Champions,and their efforts as advocates for TB elimination. They share their struggles with TB and their determination to support others affected by the disease.
Speaking at the inaugural session of the workshop, State TB Officer Dr. Rakesh Dayal, said, “TB Champions play an important role in Active Case Finding.They can provide patient support and do regular follow ups.” He asked the Champions to ensure that all TB patients are linked to the Nikshay Poshan Yojana.
“Five people in my family suffered from TB. I do not want to see this happen in any other family. I will make people aware about TB and support patients to help them get cured,” Khageshwar Kumar, a TB Champion from Giridih said.