and GFATM formulate New Messages for TB Education
TB workshop in White
The Six TB educational
(TB) is a huge public concern in Sudan.
The disease is characterized with public
ignorance and high social stigma of TB-patients
leading to increased number of TB positive
cases. According to the WHO, Sudan alone
carries 15% of the TB burden in the Eastern
Mediterranean Region. TB is a curable disease
however discontinued treatment is very common
which leads patients to develop resistance
To address TB in Sudan, GFATM Round 5 TB
grant includes an operational research component
that addresses “Barriers to Directly
Observed Treatment Strategy (DOTS)”.
This component ensures that TB patients
take their medication under the observation
of a medical personnel or an assigned family
member to ensure that patients takes the
full course of treatment. Thirty operational
researches are scheduled to be completed
by the end of this grant, addressing all
possible barriers hindering the use of DOTS
treatment. Operational researches are conducted
in 15 states including conflict zones such
as Darfur. GFATM has contributed around
USD 300,000 to support this cause.
Similarly, to help reduce TB current prevalence
rates, the National TB programme (NTP) has
organized a series of raining awareness
workshops targeting community volunteers
in four states (North Kordofan, White Nile,
Sinnar and Gazira States) during November
and December 2009. The main objective of
the workshop is to raise awareness on TB
through the introduction of TB educational
messages to pilot groups to ensure the public’s
favorable receipt of it.
These messages are to be incorporated into
6 booklets which will then be distributed
in 15 states. The booklets will address
issues such as prevention, modes of transmission
and availability of treatment in addition
to rights of TB patients.
Recommendations derived from these workshops
will be used to finalize the 6 booklets.