TB/HIV programme was a novel project which was implemented in Malappuram District as a pilot project by the Department of Health and Family welfare under the RNTPC. The programme was aimed at regular screening of the HIV High Risk Group in Malappuram district who were having a higher risk of TB affliction in the community. It was launched in December 2009 with tenure of one year. The programme was a huge success and it is learnt that the state government is looking ahead to implement similar projects all over the state. The peculiarity of the project was full co-operation from the target community. We could collect the sputum samples from the target group much more than the targeted number. Moreover, we were able to form a fraternity of the target community and engage them in community based actions.

Snehasamagamam was a community event of the HIV high risk group in the district. It was organized on……………. in which the members of the community exhibited their talents in various art and dance forms before a panel of expert judges. More than a competition, it was a get together of an neglected group who always were marginalized and traumatized by the mainstream community. Dr. Jojo Pomson, RCH officer Malappuram inaugurated the event. Dr M.Nandakumar District TB Officer was the chief guest. Shri Rasheed Paramban, President RYF, Dr Noushad ali.K.N, Shri Vipin nath Secretary and Shri K.V Anwar, Treasurer spoke at the occasion. Snehasnagamam ensured a better coordination between the implementing agency and target group. It resulted in better cohesion between the members of the target group so that implementation of the project Was ensured with the whole hearted support of the beneficiary group. The programme delivery insured a regular screening for HIV/AIDS and collection of valuable data regarding the prevalence of both the killer diseases in the most prone sections in the society.

Objectives

  • TB Symptom Screening of all identified High Risk Group Populations and their clients In Malappuram District.
  • To reduce TB cases from HRGs and ensure proper treatment.
  • To promote correct referrals to the treatment of TB cases from the Target population.
  • To reduce HIV/TB-associated morbidity and mortality.
  • To increase case detection and treatment success for TB/HIV