Saofi Espoir Foundation supports the program of the NGO Inter Aide to help health authorities and local stakeholders reduce the economic impact and risk of tuberculosis infection in the slums of Mumbai.
The program provides capacity for public health centres to improve care and patient monitoring, reduce regimen non-compliance, and drive up the cure rate. The teams visit private doctors in slums to encourage them to send their patients to public or association-based centres where treatment will be given free of charge. They set up centres to deliver DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment Short Course) inside the slums (49 centres work with support from the Indian authorities). They are conducting awareness campaigns to alert people to the risks of this disease.
In 2013, 324,000 people benefited from awareness-raising actions. The same year, 4,889 patients were screened and put on treatment in the DOTS centres set up under this program, and 2,596 patients were channelled to various private and public centres due to awareness raising actions by doctors working in shanty towns.
The program’s success has been recognized by Indian health authorities, and the government plans to replicate the project in other regions, applying the Inter aide model.
|Location||South Asia, India|